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April 14th, 2017 | Albany, NY

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $32 MILLION TO UPGRADE LOCAL WASTEWATER AND DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS ACROSS NEW YORK STATE

Grants and Low-Cost Financing Will Enhance Water Quality in Seven Upstate Communities


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors approved more than $32 million in grants and interest-free loans to support vital drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across New York State. This funding will provide much-needed assistance for one drinking water project and six wastewater projects in Upstate New York. This funding includes nearly $5 million in grants that were awarded last summer in the second round of funding through the 2015 Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.

"Investments in our water infrastructure are critical to helping ensure the continued vitality and future prosperity of communities across New York," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will provide cities, towns and villages across the state with modernized, sustainable water systems – protecting our precious resources and securing a healthier future for all New Yorkers."

Recognizing that municipalities simply cannot keep pace with their ever-expanding water infrastructure needs, this year’s enacted budget included the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. This dramatic infusion of capital funds builds upon the progress made through WIIA by providing an additional $1 billion in grants to New York State communities. The Act also creates a new program which will provide grants specifically for intermunicipal water projects.

Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Sabrina M. Ty said, "EFC’s work with communities across the State helps to ensure that they can meet their water infrastructure needs. Under the Governor’s leadership, the infusion of new funding through the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 will allow us to expand the use of grants, loans and technical assistance to advance sustainable growth, and promote innovative environmental technologies and practices for these communities."

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner and Environmental Facilities Corporation Chair Basil Seggos said, "Ensuring New Yorkers have access to clean water is an ongoing challenge that requires bold and innovative solutions. In addition to the landmark $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure in this year’s budget, Governor Cuomo has launched several historic water quality initiatives, including New York’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team, to protect drinking water from emerging and regulated contaminants. These statewide investments provide a comprehensive plan of action that will help protect vital drinking water for residents while bolstering the state’s economy and reenergizing entire communities."

Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "Clean drinking water is crucial to public health and investing in our water infrastructure will protect this vital resource for all New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo’s $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 will fund vital upgrades to water systems across the state while developing a national model for protecting drinking water."

The grants, along with the interest-free and low-interest loans provided by EFC allow municipalities to finance these projects at a significantly lower rate than financing on their own.

Additionally, 94 percent of the loans approved today are interest free.

The approved projects at the April 14 meeting include:

Capital Region
· Town of New Baltimore (Greene Country) – A $2.6 million zero interest loan for the planning, design and construction of wastewater system upgrades.

Finger Lakes
· Town of Wolcott (Wayne County) - $2.5 million, including a $1.5 million zero-interest loan, for the planning, design and construction of the Blind Sodus Bay wastewater collection system.

Mid-Hudson
· Village of Kiryas Joel (Orange County) - A $1.5 million low-interest loan to replace 5,154 existing residential and commercial water meters with new water meters and upgrade the existing meter reading (AMR) system.
· City of Middletown (Orange County) - $4 million, including a $975,345 NYS Water Grant and a $3 million zero-interest loan, to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of replacement sanitary sewer mains, manholes and service laterals in the “Black Dirt” area of Middletown.
· City of Poughkeepsie (Dutchess Country) - $11.2 million, including a $2.8 million NYS Water Grant, and a $8.4 million zero-interest loan, for the design and construction of the Wastewater Improvement Project.
· Town of Rockland (Sullivan Country) – $5.5 million, including a $4.7 million zero-interest loan, for the planning, design and construction of improvements to the Livingston Manor Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

Mohawk Valley
· City of Utica (Oneida Country) – $5.2 million, including a $1.2 million NYS Water Grant, and a $3.6 million zero-interest loan, for the design and construction of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Project Phase A9.2.


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 $9 billion in subsidized loans, grants and loan re-financings to local governments.

To read more press releases regarding the Environmental Facilities Corporation and the work we continue to do throughout New York Stateclick here.


April 15, 2017

Municipalities receive state funds to upgrade drinking water, wastewater systems

ALBANY – The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation has approved grants and interest-free loans to support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the Hudson Valley.

Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, will receive $11.2 million including a $2.8 million state water grant and an $8.4 million zero-interest loan to design and construct a wastewater improvement project.

The Town of Rockland, in Sullivan County, will receive $5.5 million, including a $4.7 million zero-interest loan for the design and construction of the latest phase of the combined sewer overflow control project.

The City of Middletown, in Orange County, will receive $4 million, including a $975,345 state water grant and a $3 million zero-interest loan, to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of replacement sanitary sewer mains, manholes and service laterals in the “black dirt” area of the city.

The Village of Kiryas Joel, in Orange County will receive a $1.5 million low-interest loan to replace 5,154 existing residential and commercial water meters with new ones and upgrade the existing meter reading system.

The Town of New Baltimore, in Greene County, will receive a $2.6 million zero interest loan for the planning, design and construction of wastewater system upgrades.

April 14, 2017

NY's Water Systems to get $2.5B Boost

ALBANY -- The state budget includes $2.5 billion over five years to improve New York's clean-water infrastructure.

The Clean Water Infrastructure Act, passed as part of the 2017-18 state budget, allocates the $2.5 billion toward assisting local governments with addressing water emergencies, paying for infrastructure construction projects and investigating and mitigating contaminants in drinking water.

“Cities in central New York like a lot of older cities in the state have been suffering with water pipes breaking literally, and it’s not sexy but it’s important and it’s expensive,” Cuomo said Wednesday in Syracuse. “So we have $2.5 billion to help cities rebuild their water infrastructure.”

In January, Cuomo proposed a $2 billion water infrastructure fund. The Legislature increased it to $2.5 billion in the final budget.

Environmental groups praised the funding after New York dealt with a series of water-contamination crises in recent years, including in Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County, and Newburgh in Orange County.

Municipalities in New York estimate they face a collective $800 million a year to repair and upgrade their water systems.

"After decades of underinvestment, New York is finally doing what's needed to fix its aging water infrastructure,” Paul Gallay, president of Riverkeeper, said in a statement. “New Yorkers from Montauk to Buffalo will soon have cleaner drinking water and healthier waterways to visit and enjoy, as a result.”

In the final budget, the Democratic governor also announced the continuation of $300 million annually for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), which will be used to fund solid-waste programs, the state's parks and open-space efforts.

“With this investment, and a second year of record funding for the EPF, New York continues to lead the nation in conserving our vital natural resources while creating jobs and strengthening New York’s economy,” Jessica Ottney Mahar, policy director for The Nature Conservancy, said in a statement.

On Friday, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors approved $11.2 million, including a $2.8 million state Water Grant, and a $8.4 million zero-interest loan, for the design and construction of the Poughkeepsie Wastewater Improvement Project.

The budget also includes $150 million for an Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program, which will provide aid for water projects if multiple communities submit a joint application, said Assemblyman Steve Otis, D-Greenburgh, Westchester County.

“Now municipalities will have the ability to apply jointly for the option that is of greatest benefit to local taxpayers in their respective communities,” Otis said in a statement.


April 14, 2017

Utica gets $5.2 million for sewer project

UTICA — The city of Utica is getting some financial help from the state Environmental Facilities Corporation to help with a phase of the city’s combined sewer overflow control project.

In a news release Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the city would be receiving $5.2 million, including a $1.2 million grant and a $3.6 million zero-interest loan. The money will go towards the design and construction of a phase of the project.

The grants, along with the interest-free and low-interest loans provided by the corporation, allow municipalities to finance projects at a significantly lower rate than financing on their own.