Governor Cuomo today announced $25 million to fund various rail and port improvement projects across New York State.

According to the Governor the grants will support 19 projects, all funded through the Governor's Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program. The projects are meant to strengthen infrastructure and economic development which officials say are vital to the movement of goods throughout the state.

“These grants will help strengthen New York’s infrastructure, attract new investments, and foster economic growth in communities in every corner of the state," Governor Cuomo said. "A strong, reliable transportation system is critical to supporting safe, efficient travel for both New Yorkers and visitors, and our investments are key to ensuring the long-term resiliency of infrastructure across the state to support economic growth for generations to come."

New York awarded the $25 million through a competitive solicitation process. In the Mid-Hudson Valley, $900,000 will fund track rehabilitation and the installation of Positive Train Control equipment on locomotives for the Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, LLC. $630,000 will go to the Central New York Railroad Corp. to rehabilitate a bridge over the Delaware River, also in Orange County. For a full list of planned improvements and award winners click here.