Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced over $22 million in grants to support 21 essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the Finger Lakes region. These grants are part of a $255 million statewide investment, funded through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, as well as the new Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program.
"This unprecedented investment continues New York's commitment to helping municipalities develop necessary infrastructure to protect our water resources," Governor Cuomo said. "These investments are crucial to supporting the health and safety of our communities, and help lay the foundation for future growth and prosperity in every corner of this great state."
Under the landmark $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, announced by Governor Cuomo in April, these grants are part of $255 million in funding available for municipalities statewide to support critical water quality infrastructure projects. The Act also made $30 million available for the new Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program, which provides grant funds for two or more municipalities sharing water quality infrastructure.
In the Finger Lakes Region, over $22 million in grant funds will leverage $59 million in total project costs and provide nearly $43 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 950 jobs across the region. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, communities in the Finger Lakes region have received a total of $33 million in WIIA grant funds supporting $85 million in total project costs.
Municipalities in the Finger Lakes region receiving grants are:
Estimated Project Cost
Estimated Grant Award
Alexander, Village of
Arcade, Village of
Batavia, Town of
Geneseo, Village of
Geneva, Town of
Holley, Village of
LeRoy, Village of
Livingston County WSA
Medina, Village of
Mount Morris, Village of
Naples , Town of
Newark, Village of
Nunda, Village of
Oakfield, Village of
Phelps, Town of
Seneca Falls, Town of
Springwater, Town of
Warsaw, Village of
Waterloo, Town of
Waterloo, Village of
Wyoming, Village of
Specific project information as well as an interactive map showing these projects may be found here.
The projects announced today will strengthen drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in the Finger Lakes region in a number of ways including upgrades and replacements for drinking water systems, filtration plants and water mains; and the construction or enhancement of wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and sewer systems.
In addition to grants, EFC provides interest-free and low-interest loans to communities further enhancing the taxpayer savings related to the development of these projects. The grants announced today are expected to be supplemented with over $31 million in these low-cost loans.
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Sabrina Ty said, "Governor Cuomo has been unwavering in his commitment to support municipalities as they tackle their water infrastructure needs in an affordable manner. EFC works with communities to provide a combination of grant funds and low-cost loans to finance their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. This allows municipalities to undertake these projects at significant taxpayer savings."
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Governor Cuomo's historic investments in water infrastructure are providing municipalities across the state with the resources they need to upgrade their systems and safeguard community water supplies. The Governor's transformative plans will put more New Yorkers to work strengthening our infrastructure's ability to meet emerging water challenges."
New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said, "Access to clean drinking water is a national public health issue that demands swift and decisive action. As cities and towns across the country face water infrastructure challenges, Governor Cuomo is putting the health of New York's citizens first with unprecedented investments in water treatment and delivery."
Senator Catharine Young said, "This $22 million investment will secure the clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure our residents deserve. I commend the Governor for working with the State Legislature to provide these grants to municipalities throughout the Finger Lakes and look forward to these improvements supporting healthier, stronger communities for decades to come."
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer said, "The health of our residents is a top priority and this significant investment will help to ensure access to clean, safe drinking water for all of us. Improving our water infrastructure- throughout the Finger Lakes- is vital to keeping our children, families and communities healthy."
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, "New York is committed to providing clean drinking water and resilient wastewater infrastructure for our residents. Through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, this funding will help ensure that future generations will have clean water and infrastructure that is built to last."
Senator Rich Funke said, "New York's historic investments in water infrastructure is proof positive that this state will do everything in its power to provide clean water for our residents. I was an early supporter of the project in Naples because it will not only improve the drinking water system but also have a positive impact in relation to future economic development there. This is a true win-win for jobs, the environment and the safety of our families."
Senator Pamela Helming said, "Clean, affordable water isn't a luxury for our families and local communities - it's essential. This much-needed funding will allow these towns and villages to upgrade and replace their aging infrastructure in order to ensure that their residents have safe, reliable drinking water. This funding will help attract job-creating businesses to our region and will support local economic development. I was proud to help lead the fight for the inclusion of this money in the state budget and am pleased that it will directly benefit our local communities. I appreciate the leadership my colleagues in the legislature and Governor Cuomo have shown by prioritizing this important funding."
Assemblyman Bob Oaks said, "As this state and nation face ongoing water quality challenges, I commend Governor Cuomo for helping to provide critical funding to update infrastructure throughout the Finger Lakes. This investment will help provide clean drinking water and strong wastewater infrastructure for generations to come."
New York State leads the nation with the largest annual investment in water-quality infrastructure of any state. Since 2011, EFC has provided more than $11.5 billion in subsidized loans, grants and loan re-financings to local governments.