Money from the federal infrastructure law approved earlier this year is beginning to flow into New York for water improvement projects in the state.
The first batch of projects is set to get underway with $176 million in financial assistance from the measure, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office on Thursday announced.
This initial round money will go toward projects in the town of Liberty and city of Newburgh. State officials have cleared final hurdles for long-term financing and debt interest relief for the local governments.
“New York continues to provide unprecedented financial support to help communities upgrade water systems and improve water quality,” Gov. Hochul said. “Combined with our state’s nation-leading clean water investments, this first round of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding will help modernize water infrastructure in Liberty and Newburgh and improve water quality throughout these communities.”
Funding that is being set aside includes millions of dollars for the expansion and upgrading of a wastewater treatement plan in Liberty. For Newburgh, grants and financing is also being made available for the city’s wastewater treatment pllant for wet weather flows and to strengthen water quality protection.
“Water infrastructure is critical for our economy, environment, and our communities. Governor Hochul’s sustained commitment to investing in infrastructure upgrades and improvements is building stronger and healthier communities and creating jobs across the state,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. “The significant funding announced today will help ensure municipalities have the resources they need to replace and update aging water systems and safeguard water quality.”
The money comes as New York voters are considering whether to approve a $4.2 billion borrowing plan, with the money meant to go toward a variety of environmental and conservation-related infrastructure projects.
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