October 5, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $44 Million in Grants for Vital Capital Region Water Infrastructure Improvements

TOP Governor Cuomo Announces $44 Million in Grants...

Record Levels of Funding Will Leverage $175 Million in Water Quality Investments, Providing $97 Million in Taxpayer Savings

 

Investment Will Support the Creation of 2,800 jobs New Jobs in the Capital Region

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $44 million in grants to support 24 essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the Capital Region. These grants are part of a $255 million statewide investment, funded through New York's 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 Capital Region, $44 million in grant funds will leverage $175 million in total project costs and provide over $97 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 2,800 jobs across the region. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, Capital Region communities have received a total of $87 million in WIIA and IMG grant funds supporting $338 million in total project costs.

 

The Capital Region municipalities receiving grants are:

 

WIIA/IMG Grant*

Awardee

County

Estimated Project Cost

Estimated Grant Award

CWIIA

Albany MWFA

Albany

$22,055,000

$989,177

IMG

Albany MWFA

Albany

$45,000,000

$10,000,000

CWIIA

Albany MWFA

Albany

$5,693,294

$1,423,324

DWIIA

Albany MWFA

Albany

$1,600,000

$960,000

DWIIA

Albany MWFA

Albany

$2,115,350

$1,269,210

DWIIA

Albany MWFA

Albany

$2,615,650

$770,790

DWIIA

Bethlehem, Town of

Albany

$15,332,000

$3,000,000

CWIIA

Castleton-On-Hudson, Village of

Rensselaer

$5,454,185

$1,363,547

DWIIA

Colonie, Town of

Albany

$1,600,000

$960,000

DWIIA

Guilderland, Town of

Albany

$3,954,771

$2,372,863

CWIIA

Hague, Town of

Warren

$394,250

$98,563

CWIIA

Hoosick Falls, Village of

Rensselaer

$3,792,350

$948,088

CWIIA

Lake George, Village of

Warren

$17,095,691

$4,273,923

CWIIA

New Baltimore, Town of

Greene

$2,610,000

$652,500

CWIIA

Rensselaer Co Sewer District

Rensselaer

$3,361,248

$840,312

CWIIA

Rensselaer, City of

Rensselaer

$2,647,785

$661,947

DWIIA

Rotterdam, Town of

Schenectady

$5,100,000

$3,000,000

DWIIA

Round Lake, Village of

Saratoga

$1,185,000

$711,000

DWIIA

Saratoga County Water Authority

Saratoga

$7,665,000

$3,000,000

DWIIA

Schaghticoke, Village of

Rensselaer

$3,458,438

$690,038

CWIIA

Scotia, Village of

Schenectady

$1,700,000

$425,000

CWIIA

Washington County SD #2

Washington

$14,800,000

$3,700,000

CWIIA

Washington County SD #2

Washington

$3,903,689

$975,923

DWIIA

Waterford, Town of

Saratoga

$1,322,500

$793,500

 

TOTAL:

 

$174,456,201

$43,879,705

*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 the Capital Region'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 over $110 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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