October 5, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $27 Million in Grants for Vital Long Island Water Infrastructure Improvements

TOP Governor Cuomo Announces $27 Million in Grants...

Record Levels of Funding Will Leverage $71 Million in Water Quality Investments, Providing $45 Million in Taxpayer Savings

 

Investment Will Support the Creation of 1,160 New Jobs on Long Island

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $27 million in grants to support 13 essential Long Island drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. These grants are part of a $255 million statewide investment, funded through New York's Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.

 

"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.

 

On Long Island, nearly $27 million in grant funds will leverage $71 million in total project costs and provide nearly $45 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 1,160 jobs across the Island. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, communities on Long Island have received a total of $34 million in WIIA grant funds supporting $93 million in total project costs.

 

Municipalities on Long Island receiving grants are:

 

WIIA Grant

Awardee

County

Estimated Project Cost

Estimated Grant Award

Drinking Water

Carle Place Water District

Nassau

$7,639,763

$3,000,000

Drinking Water

Hampton Bays Water District

Suffolk

$1,200,000

$720,000

Drinking Water

Hicksville Water District

Nassau

$5,791,000

$3,000,000

Drinking Water

Jericho Water District

Nassau

$10,750,000

$3,000,000

Drinking Water

Locust Valley Water District

Nassau

$1,440,000

$864,000

Clean Water

Long Beach, City of

Nassau

$18,000,000

$4,500,000

Drinking Water

Plainview Water District

Nassau

$4,377,000

$2,626,200

Clean Water

Riverhead, Town of

Suffolk

$619,000

$154,750

Drinking Water

Rockville Centre, Village of

Nassau

$1,588,535

$953,121

Drinking Water

Roslyn Water District

Nassau

$4,410,377

$2,646,226

Drinking Water

Suffolk County Water Authority

Suffolk

$2,324,858

$1,394,915

Drinking Water

Suffolk County Water Authority

Suffolk

$1,242,355

$745,413

Drinking Water

Water Authority of Western Nassau County

Nassau

$11,918,280

$3,000,000

 

TOTAL

 

$71,301,167

$26,604,625

 

Specific project information as well as an interactive map showing these projects may be found here.

 

The projects announced today will strengthen Long Island's drinking water and wastewater infrastructure 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 nearly $14 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."

 

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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