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The governor also announced two $4.5 million New York Forward awards to the villages of Highland Falls and Montgomery.

Much of Highland Falls was decimated last summer when heavy rains caused massive flooding causing heavy damage to homes and other buildings and washed out roads and other infrastructure.

The Village of Montgomery has stood the test of time as a municipality that has kept its small-town culture.

Orange County Partnership President Maureen Halahan called the grants to the two villages “a wonderful victory” for Highland Falls and Montgomery.

Great Race visits Village of Montgomery