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Legislature backs housing programs

The Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday voiced unanimous support for a state grant that would permit two area nonprofit agencies to continue programs for rehabilitating housing for low-income homeowners.

Both the Genesee Valley Rural Preservation Corp. and PathStone Corp. are jointly seeking $500,000 from the state's Housing Trust Fund's 2009 HOME program.

PathStone, until last year known as Rural Opportunities Inc., has been successful for over a decade in rehabilitating homes throughout the county. The legislators noted that the programs meet one of the goals of the county's Comprehensive Plans Housing Focus Group.

The Legislature also voted to support Gov. David A. Paterson's proposal to "fix the chronic issues counties face" through the Indigent Legal Services Fund. The governor's plan would spread local costs for such services over a three-year period instead of one.

In other business, legislators:

*Approved an agreement with C&S Engineers of Syracuse for design work on a T-hangar access taxiway and apron at a cost of $47,500. The county is awaiting the promised money from the Federal Aviation Administration. Federal aid covers 95 percent of project cost.

*Adopted a memorandum of understanding with the county's Soil and Water Conservation District for an environmental education program costing $35,653. Nearly one-third of the expense is offset by a state grant.

*Agreed to a land-lease agreement with ITT Corp. of Herndon, Va., to install a navigational tower at the county airport. ITT has a contract with the FAA, and the tower will benefit airport operations at no cost to the county.

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