October 10, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $23 Million in Grants for Vital Water Infrastructure Improvements in the Southern Tier

TOP Governor Cuomo Announces $23 Million in Grants...

Record Levels of Funding Will Leverage $71 Million in Water Quality Investments, Providing $43 Million in Taxpayer Savings

Investment Will Support the Creation of 1,160 New Jobs in the Southern Tier


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $23 million in grants to support 12 essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects throughout the Southern Tier. 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 Southern Tier, $23 million in grant funds will leverage $71 million in total project costs and provide nearly $43 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 1,160 jobs across the region. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, communities in the Southern Tier have received a total of $57 million in WIIA grant and IMG funds supporting $348 million in total project costs.


Southern Tier municipalities receiving grants are:





Estimated Project Cost

Estimated Grant Award


Addison, Village of





Binghamton, City of





Binghamton, City of





Erwin, Town of





Norwich, City of





Odessa, Village of





Oxford, Village of





Painted Post, Village of





Roxbury, Town of (Denver WD)





Roxbury, Town of (Roxbury-Grand Gorge WDs)





Trumansburg, Village of





Wayland, Village of









*DWIIA or CWIIA denotes a Drinking Water or Clean Water WIIA Grant


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 Southern Tier in a number of ways including: upgrades and replacements for drinking water systems, filtration plants and water mains, as well as 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 $48 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 James L. Seward said, "This funding is a critical investment to ensure the health and safety of cities and municipalities throughout the Southern Tier. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's support, we will be able to help upgrade aging systems and provide a healthier, safer future for New Yorkers."


Senator Thomas F. O'Mara said, "Throughout his administration, Governor Cuomo has made it clear that clean drinking water is essential to public health, and I applaud his investments in water infrastructure in the Southern Tier across the state. These grants are investments in our future - supporting clean water and jobs for our region for years to come."


Senator Fred Akshar said, "Today's announcement is great news for my constituents in Broome and Chenango Counties. Safe and reliable infrastructure not only protects the drinking water of Southern Tier families today, but invests in the health a well-being of families for years to come."


Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, "Infrastructure spending was a top priority for Upstate members during last year's budget negotiations and the Governor's commitment to this funding reflects the urgent needs of our communities. Investments in water infrastructure will allow necessary improvements to be done immediately, and help address long term water quality issues as well."


Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo's commitment to protecting New Yorkers' health and providing this funding for the needed vital upgrades to our water systems throughout the Southern Tier. It is extremely important that we work together to invest more resources than ever to keep our water clean and New Yorkers healthy."


Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch said, "With this funding, municipalities throughout the Southern Tier and across the state will be able to complete critical upgrades to outdated water systems and support future growth and vitality. Throughout his administration, Governor Cuomo has made it clear that New York State is committed to ensuring that our water is protected and will remain that way for generations."


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.

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