Record Levels of Funding Will Leverage $87 Million in Water Quality Investments, Providing $54 Million in Taxpayer Savings
Investment Will Support the Creation of 1,400 New Jobs in Central New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $27 million in grants to support 16 essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects throughout Central New York. 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.
In Central New York, nearly $27 million in grant funds will leverage $87 million in total project costs and provide nearly $54 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 1,400 jobs across the region. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, Central New York communities have received a total of $41 million in WIIA grant funds supporting $127 million in total project costs.
Municipalities in Central New York receiving grants are:
Estimated Project Cost
Estimated Grant Award
Cazenovia, Town of
Cleveland, Village of
Cortland, City of
Genoa, Town of
Hamilton, Village of
Hastings, Town of
Lenox, Town of
Nelson, Town of
Niles, Town of
Oneida, City of
Oswego, City of
Owasco, Town of
Pulaski, Village of
Sullivan, Town of
Syracuse, City of
Specific project information as well as an interactive map showing these projects may be found here.
The projects announced today will strengthen Central New York'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 $53 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.