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Poughkeepsie To Get Millions In State Grants, Loans For Water Projects

Poughkeepsie, and 14 other communities in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island, will be getting state grants and loans for clean water and drinking water projects.
Poughkeepsie, and 14 other communities in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island, will be getting state grants and loans for clean water and drinking water projects. Photo Credit: drinkingwaterissues.org

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The town and the city of Poughkeepsie will be among 15 Hudson Valley and Long Island communities sharing $33 million in state water and sewer aid due to the state's Water Infrastructure Act, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

The town is getting a $3 million grant and a $4.1 million loan toward a $7.1 million drinking water project.

The city will receive a $2.8 million grant and an $8.4 million loan toward a $11.2 million clean water project.

“Investing in water infrastructure today is key to growth and prosperity tomorrow,” Cuomo said.

Here are some other Hudson Valley communities receiving grants and/or loans:

  • North Castle: $870,000 grant and a $580,000 low-interest loan it will apply to a $1.4 million project.
  • Mamaroneck: $250,000 grant toward a $1 million clean water project.
  • Wappingers Falls : The village will get a $5 million grant and a $15 million loan toward a $20 million clean water project. It also will get a $3 million grant and a $2 million loan for a $5 million drinking water project.

North Castle’s project will improve the drinking water system in North White Plains by upgrading its UV filtration system, according to state Assemblyman David Buchwald, D-Mount Kisco, and state Sen. George Latimer, D-Rye.

The grants will help, the governor added, “advance important projects that will protect natural resources, ease strain on budgets and property taxpayers, and help create stronger communities in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island.”

The awards were made based on a scoring system that gave priority to projects that will result in the "greatest water quality improvement or reduction in risk to public health,” Cuomo said.

Buchwald thanked both the governor and the Environmental Facilities Corporation, which is administering the grants program, for the money and Assembly colleagues for pushing the Water Infrastructure Act through Albany.

Calling it “valuable,” the assemblyman said the grant will “improve drinking water for the people of North White Plains.

Latimer said he was happy the aging infrastructure issue was “being addressed in North Castle.”

“Providing safe drinking water to our residents is of the utmost importance and the funding of the UV filtration system in North White Plains should provide that,” he said.

To see a complete list of all the grant/loan recipients, click here.

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