Press Release - Water

GREAT NEWS FOR THE TOWN OF EVANS!!!

To any who are not aware, in 1998 the Department of Health placed a moratorium on expansion projects due to lack of a water tower and now due to public safety issues and the fact that is part of the water consolidation project we have to erect the tower.

The Great News is, I received a call from Governor Cuomo's Office today notifying me that after two years of applying for a grant to build the water tower our town has been awarded $2.9M, which is one of the largest awards from Governor's Cuomo Clean Water Infrastructure Funding. The total cost the project is approximately $4.8M, and with the grant we will only have to pay 40% of the project cost.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for our town to be awarded this grant, our community and our residents needed this break! Thank you Governor Cuomo for providing funding for clean water projects and for choosing to fund our water tower project.

Thank you to Bernie and Anthony Rotella, our town’s grant writers, Roberta Rappoccio, Town Planner and Steve Tanner from Clark Patterson Lee Engineering for all the work on the grant application.

Mary Hosler
Supervisor
Town of Evans

NEW YORK STATE
EXCELSIOR
EVER UPWARD

For Immediate Release:  11/14/2018                                                        Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

GOVERNOR CUOMO AWARDS MORE THAN $23 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS IN WESTERN NEW YORK
Grants Leverage $70 Million in Water Quality Investments, Providing $48 Million in Savings for Taxpayers
Investment Will Support the Creation of More Than New 1,100 Jobs 

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $23.3 million in grants to support 14 critical municipal water infrastructure projects in Western New York.  This funding represents $47.9 million in taxpayer savings and supports the creation of more than 1,100 jobs.  The grants are funded through the state's highly successful Water Infrastructure Improvement Act program.

"Investing in our state's water infrastructure is critical to regional growth and prosperity and maintaining safe, healthy communities, "Governor Cuomo said.  "By improving our water infrastructure, we are protecting our natural resources, laying the groundwork for future prosperity and helping to create a stronger, healthier, New York for all."

It's critical that we ensure our drinking water is free of contaminants and safe for all New Yorkers, “ said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.  “This investment in grants for infrastructure improvements in Western New York will address needs to enhance and protect water quality, and also help to create more than 1000 jobs in the area.  We want to make sure that communities have the resources they need to make upgrades to their water treatment systems and ensure the health and safety of residents.”

The Governor's Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 dedocatd $2.5 billion for water quality protection across New York.  Today's announcement is part of a statwide total of $270 million in grants being awarded to communities, including over $19 million to support projects that address cyanotoxins associated with harmful algal blooms (HAB), and previously announced grants totaling $15 million for projects addressing emerging contaminants such as PFOA, PPFOS, and 1,4 dioxane.

To date, $750 million in Water Infrastructure Improvement Grant funding supports nearly $2.65 billion in total project costs for vital drinking and wastewater infrastructure projects statewide.  Combined with zero-or-low-interest financings through the State Environmental Facilities Corporation, New York taxpayers will save nearly $1.8 billion   Furthermore, these projects are expected to support more than 47,000 jobs in the construction, supplier and service sectors.

The Western New York region municipalities receiving grants, including nearly $3 million for a project addressing HAB's are:

 WIIA GRANT AwardsCountyEstimated Project
Cost
Estimated Grant
Award

Drinking
Water

 Alfred, Village of  Allegany  $4,836,000  $2,901600
Clean
Water
Alfred, Village of  Allegany  $1,964,000  $491,000
Clean
Water
Amherst, Town of  Erie  $4,877,586  $1,219,937
Drinking
Water
Chautauqua County  Chautauqua  $11,750,000  $3,000,000
+Clean
Water
Chautauqua County  Chautauqua  $11,888,000  $2,972,000
Drinking
Water
Erie County Water Authority  Erie  $5,921,820  $1,722,159
Drinking
Water
Evans, Town of  Erie  $4,830,000  $2,898,000
Drinking
Water
Newstead, Town of  Erie  $1,325,000  $795,000
Drinking
Water
Niagara Falls Water Board  Niagara  $5,495,000  $2,760,000
Clean
Water
North Tonawanda, City of  Niagara  $5,899,450  $1,474,863
Drinking
Water
Olean, City of  Cattaraugus  $689,290  $413,574
Clean
Water
Royalton, Town of  Niagara  $1,032,700  $258,175
Clean
Water
Silver Creek, Village of  Chautauqua  $3,487,000  $871,750
Clean
Water
Sloan, Village of  Erie  $6,084,891  $1,521,223
     TOTALS:  $70,080,737  $23,298,741
+HAB's Related Project       

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Sabrina Ty said, "Under Governor Cuomo, New York State is leading the nationin water infrastructure investment.  The Environmental Facilities Corporationis proud to be able to provide significant funding to communities in need.  We're helping to secure a critically important resource for both current and future New Yorkers."

New York State Department of Environment Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "At Governor Cuomo's direction, New York continues to be an environmental leader in protecting our precious water resources.  This funding will improve water quality, promote economic development, and provide much-needed water infrastructure improvements as we combat emerging water quality issues including harmful algal blooms and contaminants like PFOA, PFOS, and 1-4 dioxane.

New York STate Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said, "At the direction of Govern Cuomo, New York State has committed unprecedented funding to implement the infrastructure upgrades and state-of-the-art filtration technology that safeguards clean and efficient drinking water for decades to come.  Protecting our water resources is an essential part of maintaining the health and well-being of communities statewide."

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