September 6, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $2.1 Million in Federal Funding for Hazard Mitigation Projects in the City of Amsterdam and the Village of Schoharie

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$1.3 Million for New Concrete Retaining Walls Damaged by Erosion along Dove Creek in Amsterdam

$838,366 for Design and Analysis in the Village of Schoharie to Mitigate Flood –Prone Areas near Spring Brook


Governor Cuomo today announced that over $2.1 million in Federal Hazard Mitigation funding has been awarded to the City of Amsterdam and the Village of Schoharie to provide protection against flooding, wind, and power outages from severe storms and flooding.

“As this region has experienced first-hand, extreme weather is the new normal and we must do everything we can to help communities become more resiliant and prepared to whatever Mother Nature throws their way,” said Governor Cuomo. “This funding will help harden critical infrastructure in Amsterdam and Schoharie and ensure residents are protected from severe storms and the flooding that comes with it.”

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner John P. Melville said, “This is another good example of how local, state and the federal government is working side-by-side to help our communities build stronger and safer. I am pleased that we have been able to help these communities move forward with much needed projects.”

FEMA has authorized $1,324,744 to the city of Amsterdam for the demolition and removal of existing damaged retaining walls and the cleanout of the Dove Creek bed. New pre-cast stackable concrete retaining walls will replace the failing sections and heavy stone fill will be placed in other areas of erosion along the banks of Dove Creek in order to minimize the extent of change from the existing condition while providing ultimate erosion protection. The stabilization project of Dove Creek begins in the area of the intersection of West Main Street and Steadwell Avenue extending for approximately 1,300 feet, ending just north of the Steadwell Avenue near the entrance to St. Mary’s Hospital. Previously, FEMA authorized $182,500 for phase 1 design and engineering for the project.

The Village of Schoharie has been approved for $838,366 for final engineering design and permitting for a project which involves several components to relieve recurring flooding in a low-lying area that is prone to periodic flooding following heavy rains and snow and ice melts that may cause Spring Brook to overflow its banks. The components of this project include conducting an analysis of current drainage capacity to determine sizing requirements for village-wide storm water improvements and the Hilgert Parkway storm water pumping station, building a berm to protect the Waste Water Treatment Plant, installation of equipment to conduct video analysis, slip lining and line replacement of the collections systems to prevent storm water inflow surge into the plant, and the installation of a stationary generator with automatic transfer at the Fair Street Lift Station.

FEMA has approved these projects under its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program which allows the state to establish priorities aimed at increasing the State’s resiliency, mitigating the risks of loss and damage associated with future disasters, and reducing hardship. After Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New York, Governor Cuomo called for government and non-profit organizations across the state to submit applications for projects to help communities become more resilient, rebuild smarter, stronger and more sustainable communities in the wake of recent natural disasters.

Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort said, “I am especially pleased to see that the shared hard work and collaboration among federal, state and local partners has resulted in the funding of a much needed resiliency project. I want to thank the Governor’s Office for helping secure the funding which continues helping locations in Montgomery County rebuild and provide protection against extreme weather. I would also like to thank our local NY Rising committee that helped to identify this project, which is crucial to ensuring the safety of St. Mary’s Hospital, an important resource not only for the county, but the entire region, and one whose services are even more critical during times of disaster.”

City of Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa said, “This is another step in the recovery process as Amsterdam continues to move forward. We thank the Governor’s Office for helping secure these additional funds as we look to provide protection against flooding, wind and power outages. The Dove Creek project is a critical component in this process.”

Village of Schoharie Mayor John J. Borst said, “I am very pleased and excited that FEMA has finally approved moving ahead with this project. It should provide long term protection and resilience for the Village's infrastructure and provide a much needed level of storm protection for our residents. Thank you to the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for their support of this project.”

Chairman of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors Earl Van Wormer, III said, “This funding is vital to help mitigate damage in areas prone to flooding and I am pleased that this project is moving forward. This is another good example of how collaboration on all levels of government can improve the quality of life for our residents.”

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