The Town of New Windsor was awarded $14,785,201 and the City of Newburgh was awarded $11,155,000 in grants for water infrastructure projects, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced yesterday.
The grants, issued by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, are part of $638 million in grants issued to municipalities statewide to protect public health or improve water quality. The $638 million includes $601 million in Water Infrastructure Improvement Act grants and $37 million in additional federal subsidies. This marks the largest-ever award of Water Infrastructure Improvement Act grants.
New Windsor’s grant will be used for the ongoing expansion and upgrading of the town’s wastewater treatment plant and the other grant will go toward upgrading the Morasco Center, a Town building used by senior citizens.
New Windsor Town Supervisor George Meyers said, “I want to acknowledge all the hard work by our staff in putting together the necessary grant applications, and in particular our town attorney’s office and the town’s engineer Mike Weeks from McGoey, Hauser and Edsall Engineering. Job well done by all!”
Hochul said, “Modernizing our state’s water infrastructure is critical to ensuring every New Yorker has access to clean drinking water. Protecting the public health of New Yorkers will always be a top priority for my administration and this funding is a testament to that commitment. We will continue working collaboratively with every level of government to empower localities with the funding they need to improve water quality statewide.”
U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who serves the Hudson Valley, said, “Infrastructure is more than roads and bridges; it’s making sure the water our kids are drinking is safe and clean. For years I have fought to increase funding for infrastructure improvements in Congress and I am proud that those federal funds are being put to such great use here in New York for twelve projects across our district including $11 million for Newburgh.”