After Owego was awarded the funding, more than fifty projects were proposed to receive some of that funding. From that list, a 15-person committee led by Baratta and Tioga County’s Director of Economic Development and Planning Leann Tinney narrowed it down to $13 million worth of projects. From there, the state’s economic development council eventually selected the 17 projects to be funded, for a total of $9.8 million. OWEGO (WBNG) — One year after winning ten million dollars, Owego’s mayor says the village’s future is brighter than ever. Owego was one of the regional winners of New York State’s 2018 Downtown Revitalization Initiative. That ten million dollars is funding 17 projects in the village, ranging from improvements to the fire station to the creation of a brand new art park, a park that incorporates things like sculptures with the natural landscape around it. “Obviously we want jobs. In a downtown like this, a lot of jobs are in retail; we do have some manufacturing and they got a little bit of money to expand their operations,” Baratta told 12 News Thursday. “Obviously we want to attract people here, and we want them to want to stay here.” Mayor Mike Baratta says the village has two economic goals for the use of this funding.
CHUCK Blazer, the former executive of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), whose revelations of corruption within football’s world governing body FIFA helped bring down its long-serving president, has died.He was 72.Blazer, who was said to be ailing from diabetes-related illness, coronary artery disease and rectal cancer, was banned from football for life in 2015 following his admission that he and other members of the FIFA executive accepted bribes to vote for the hosts of the 1998 World Cup in France and South Africa in 2010.His revelations subsequently opened investigations into suspected corruption that eventually brought down FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other powerful members of the football’s world governing body.For more than two decades, Blazer and former CONCACAF president Jack Warner transformed the confederation into a global powerhouse, significantly helping to grow the sport in the confederation.Media reports said that in part through Blazer’s efforts FIFA chose the U.S. to host the 1994 World Cup. He was named to FIFA’s powerful executive committee in 1997, and he remained there until 2013.