April 16, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces NY Works Projects to Restore and Repair Flood Control Systems and Dams in Central New York

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an $6,250,000 investment for NY Works projects that will allow for 15 flood control system and dam repair projects in Central New York.


NY Works is designed to reinvent state economic development with innovative new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state's infrastructure. The Task Force will help create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing investment in infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the state.


"For the second year in a row, New York State has passed a transformative and balanced budget that holds the line on spending, while focusing on job creation and government efficiency," Governor Cuomo said. "The centerpiece of this budget is the New York Works program, which will help rebuild our aging infrastructure, including our dams and flood control systems, to protect people and property throughout our state."


State Senator Jim Seward said, "Ever since Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee devastated our state, lives have been altered. I have teamed with Governor Cuomo, state officials, and local leaders to rebuild our communities, but the job is far from complete. Local budgets are tapped out and without state support the work will stall. Through New York Works, infrastructure repairs and mitigation projects will be completed, protecting life and property, creating jobs and giving people peace of mind."


State Senator Mike Nozzolio said, "These needed renovations for our flood control systems will ensure the safety and security of our communities while creating jobs for our local residents. Governor Cuomo is to be commended for providing attention to this critical situation to make sure our communities have the infrastructure in place to prevent flood damage to homes and property."


State Senator Patty Ritchie said, "New Yorkers all have seen the damage and upheaval that can be caused by unexpected flooding. NY Works is investing in projects that can help reduce the risk of future floods, while helping to create jobs and protect our communities."


"I am pleased New York State will deliver more than $6 million in appropriations for central New York in support of capital projects to safeguard our communities from flooding," said Assemblyman William Magnarelli.


"Making sure we have proper flood control and our dams are in working order is vital to the health and safety of Central New York residents," Assemblymember Sam Roberts said. "Being prepared for unexpected flooding can not only save taxpayer dollars on repairs and insurance, but it can potentially save lives. This program helps update and maintain these projects in Central New York without passing the cost on to local taxpayers."


The Budget continues the Governors commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the NY Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.


The Budget includes key economic development and transportation initiatives, important reforms to improve government efficiency, and measures to strengthen communities across the state.


NY Works Task Force


The NY Works Task Force will coordinate capital plans across 45 agencies and authorities, oversee investment in projects and access to funding, and facilitate the creation of tens of thousands of jobs.


Prior to the NY Works initiative, there was no comprehensive state plan for the $16 billion in annual capital expenditures by 45 state agencies and authorities. In some cases, including with respect to projects by the Port Authority, the MTA, and the Department of Transportation, billions of dollars of taxpayer or commuter funds are being used to fund transportation plans in the same region with no coordination between the agencies. For the first time, the NY Works Task Force will develop a coordinated capital infrastructure plan among agencies and authorities. The Task Force, made up of leaders in finance, labor, planning and transportation will also recommend financing options for projects and methods to accelerate construction of critical infrastructure.


The NY Works Task Force will consist of fifteen members. Nine of the members will be appointed by the Governor and six by the Legislature. All major state agencies and authorities will participate in an implementation council to coordinate capital planning.


All NY Works projects will be posted on the web with real-time updates so that New Yorkers can track the progress of projects in their community. The full list will be posted online over the next several days.


Repairing New York's Dams and Flood Control Infrastructure


The state's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) maintains 106 flood control projects, of which 91 have been rated "minimally acceptable" or "unacceptable" by the Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, DEC owns 577 dams statewide. Of the DEC-owned dams, DEC engineers classify at least 24 dams as "high" and "intermediate" hazard structures, where failure poses serious threat to human life or significant property damage. The New York Works Funds will designate $102 million, leveraging more than $100 million in matching funds, to repair aged and otherwise failing structures. The $102 million will include $18.5 million to repair state-owned dams, $56 million to perform maintenance of flood control facilities such as levees, and $27 million to implement coastal erosion and inlet navigation maintenance projects, plus over $100 million in matching funds.


The NY Works dam and flood control projects in Central New York are as follows:


Project Name

Project Description

Total Project Cost

Hatchery Dam

Critical Dam Repair


Onondaga Dam

Critical Dam Repair


Papish Pond Dam

Critical Dam Repair



Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project


Onondaga Dam

Flood Control Project


Port Byron

Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project


DEC Region 7 Equipment

Additional funds to support all projects in the region


DEC Region 7 Maintenance

Additional funds to support all projects in the region