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National Comedy Center to get $500,000 in state money

JAMESTOWN – The National Comedy Center is going to be on the receiving end of $500,000 in state funds.

Seriously.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Jamestown Thursday to make the announcement during the Lucy Comedy Fest, the annual event named in honor of Lucille Ball who was born and raised near here.

Cuomo made the announcement inside the former Jamestown train station, which will become the Comedy Center next summer. The money will come from the I Love New York program

Cuomo likened the eventual impact of the comedy center to the race track in Watkins Glen, where he was earlier in the day.

"Having that attraction can really drive a region," Cuomo said.

The comedy center project carries a $50 million price tag. The state has already invested $4.4 million through the Regional Economic Development Council and $5 million from its Buffalo Billion II funds. Another $5 million came from the New Markets Tax Credit program.

Cuomo was joined for the announcement by several public officials and comedian Lewis Black, who is one of several performers in Jamestown this week for the comedy festival.

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