October 10, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $30 Million in Grants for Vital Mohawk Valley Water Infrastructure Improvements

TOP Governor Cuomo Announces $30 Million in Grants...

Record Levels of Funding Will Leverage $91 Million in Water Quality Investments, Providing $62 Million in Taxpayer Savings

Investment Will Support the Creation of 1,490 New Jobs in the Mohawk Valley

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $30 million in grants to support 21 essential Mohawk Valley drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. 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 Mohawk Valley, nearly $30 million in grant funds will leverage $91 million in total project costs and provide nearly $62 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 1,490 jobs across the region. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, communities in the Mohawk Valley have received a total of $52 million in WIIA grant funds supporting $259 million in total project costs.

 

Mohawk Valley municipalities receiving grants are:

 

WIIA Grant

Awardee

County

Estimated Project Cost

Estimated Grant Award

Clean Water

Amsterdam, City of

Montgomery

$3,600,000

$900,000

Drinking Water

Amsterdam, City of

Montgomery

$5,500,000

$3,000,000

Clean Water

Barneveld, Village of

Oneida

$4,112,500

$1,028,125

Clean Water

Cooperstown, Village of

Otsego

$3,522,357

$880,590

Clean Water

Fonda, Village of

Montgomery

$1,100,000

$275,000

Drinking Water

Fonda, Village of

Montgomery

$3,600,000

$2,160,000

Clean Water

Frankfort, Village of

Herkimer

$6,200,000

$1,550,000

Drinking Water

Fultonville, Village of

Montgomery

$900,000

$540,000

Drinking Water

Gilbertsville, Village of

Otsego

$3,000,000

$1,000,000

Drinking Water

Herkimer, Village of

Herkimer

$750,000

$450,000

Drinking Water

Mohawk Valley Water Authority

Oneida

$3,687,000

$2,212,200

Clean Water

Oneida Castle, Village of

Oneida

$4,516,000

$1,129,000

Clean Water

Oneonta, City of

Otsego

$8,487,032

$2,121,758

Clean Water

Rome, City of

Oneida

$3,750,000

$937,500

Clean Water

Rome, City of

Oneida

$14,000,000

$2,589,700

Drinking Water

Rome, City of

Oneida

$10,866,000

$3,000,000

Drinking Water

Schoharie, Village of

Schoharie

$2,750,000

$1,650,000

Drinking Water

Sharon Springs, Village of

Schoharie

$4,223,500

$2,534,100

Clean Water

St. Johnsville, Village of

Montgomery

$1,600,000

$400,000

Clean Water

Utica, City of

Oneida

$2,710,000

$677,500

Clean Water

Waterville, Village of

Oneida

$2,505,000

$626,250

 

TOTAL

 

$91,379,389

$29,661,723

 

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

 

The projects announced today will strengthen the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in the Mohawk Valley 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 $62 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, "Safeguarding access to clean water is one of the greatest challenges facing this state and this nation. Governor Cuomo and the state senate have focused considerable resources on this priority and New York is once again leading the path forward. These bold investments to upgrade water infrastructure will help keep our communities healthy and our economy moving forward."

 

Senator Joseph A. Griffo said, "This year the Legislature along with the Governor understood the need for water infrastructure improvement projects across the state and were able to work collaboratively to ensure that these essential projects receive funding. With this funding, the Governor is stepping up for the communities of the Mohawk Valley and investing in our economy and our health. These grants will help municipalities upgrade water infrastructure efficiently and expediently, while providing millions in taxpayer savings and creating hundreds of new jobs."

 

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica said, "Clean drinking water is an absolute necessity for the health and well-being of Mohawk Valley residents. If our area is to continue moving forward economically, we must continue to invest in projects to improve water quality.  I was a strong supporter of New York's Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, and I want to thank Governor Cuomo for recognizing how important these projects are to residents of the Mohawk Valley."

 

Senator George Amedore said, “Communities throughout the state have been plagued by aging infrastructure that places a burden on taxpayers and can cause damage to the environment. Investing in our water systems and making long overdue improvements to strengthen our infrastructure has always been one of my top priorities, and I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his shared commitment in this effort.”

 

“As a Civil Engineer, infrastructure is always on my mind. Now serving in the State Assembly, I know that smart investments like this to improve water infrastructure with 21st century materials and technology will ensure the continued success for our upstate communities,” said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. “This funding is critical to strengthening our region and protecting the vital natural resources here in the Mohawk Valley,” Assemblyman Santabarbara said. “I thank the Governor for bringing these significant grants to our area that ensure local families have access to clean drinking water.”

 

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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