Hofstra, LIFT, arts group win state funding

Hofstra's Medical Scholar's Pipeline Program is in line for funding to cover furniture and equipment costs.

Hofstra’s medical school, LIFT’s composite program and the Long Island Arts Alliance were among the winners of the latest round of Albany economic development funding announced Tuesday.

A total of $17 million in grants was awarded by the Empire State economic development arm. Long Island was honored with $438,000.

The Hofstra award of $152,000 is earmarked for furniture, fixtures, computers, tablets and associated equipment to support the university’s Medical Scholar’s Pipeline Program. The program is an educational and mentoring initiative designed to educate and support students from disadvantaged communities in the field of science and health care.

The Long Island Forum for Technology grant of $136,000 is for curriculum development, project management, training costs and the purchase of equipment and software to provide Long Island manufacturing workers with training in composites and advanced manufacturing.

The Arts Alliance funding is part of the state’s Market NY program, which runs the I Love NY program and funds regional marketing that supports tourism.

Other projects funded around the state include $5.8 million to help a Manhattan company move into the World Trade Center, $1 million to upgrade the heating system at International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill in Essex County and $1 million to help build a regulation-sized ice rink in Niagara County.