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Four regional councils win big, but no one goes home empty-handed
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Last summer, when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of ten new regional economic development councils, his emphasis was on competition.

Each region was charged with developing a five-year strategic economic development plan, which would then compete against the other plans for a billion-dollar pool of state funds.

But as he announced the awards today in Albany, which totaled $785.5 million, it was apparent that everyone was a winner.

Four of the councils--Western New York, Central New York, Long Island and the North Country--took home the prize of 'Best Plan' and were each awarded more than $100 million.