April 16, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces NY Works Projects to Restore and Repair Flood Control Systems and Dams in the Finger Lakes

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $2,325,000 investment for NY Works projects that will allow for 10 flood control system and dam repair projects in the Finger Lakes region.


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 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 George Maziarz said, "Investing in flood and dam repair funding is an important piece of the budget that I am glad was not overlooked. This funding will bring much needed repairs to the aging infrastructure of dams and for flood control. More importantly, I am pleased that the inclusion of this item in the budget will bring a significant number of jobs to the area."


"Flood control systems and dam repair projects are crucial to our local economies," said Assemblyman Joseph Morelle. "The appropriation of more than $2.3 million for this region, not only keeps our friends and families safe, it is an investment in the future of the region."


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 New York 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 the Finger Lakes are as follows:


Project Name

Project Description

Total Project Cost

Avon Marsh Dam

Critical Dam Repair



Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project


Geneva (Kashong Creek)

Flood Control Project


Lakeville (Conesus Lake)

Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project


Penn Yan (Keuka Outlet)

Flood Control Project


Seneca Falls

Flood Control Project



Flood Control Project


DEC Region 8 Equipment

Additional funds to support all projects in the region


DEC Region 8 Maintenance

Additional funds to support all projects in the region