Updated 3:04 p.m. Oct. 11
The state will pay more than $7 million for water system improvements in the villages of Massena, Gouverneur and Hammond, the Town of Fine and the City of Ogdensburg.
Fine is getting $1 million toward a $5.3 million drinking water project. A $1.67 million clean water project in Gouverneur is getting $419,375 and a $1.39 million clean water project in Hammond will get $348,750, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.
Ogdensburg is $5 million closer to funding the $35 million wastewater treatment plant. More details about that are here.
Massena will get $651,000 toward a $2.6 million clean water project, Cuomo's office said.
These grants are part of $255 million in funding available for municipalities statewide to support critical water quality infrastructure projects.
In the North Country, over $30 million in grant funds will leverage $123 million in total project costs and provide nearly $87 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 1,990 jobs across the region. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, communities in the North Country have received a total of $61 million in WIIA grant funds supporting $243 million in total project costs, according to a news release from Cuomo's office.
"I am very pleased to join Governor Cuomo in announcing this very important funding that will help North Country communities. I can think of nothing more important than investment in infrastructure to assure clean drinking water. This funding will be put to great use, helping our rural communities that simply lack the resources to make these upgrades on their own," Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, said in a prepared statement from Cuomo's office.
"Investments in water infrastructure projects not only build healthier communities but invite growth that helps strengthen economies. I'm thrilled to see these investments being made across our state, which will help our state become even stronger. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for helping support the strength, health and growth of our communities," Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, said in a prepared statement from Cuomo's office.
"This year the Legislature along with the Governor understood the need for water infrastructure improvement projects across the state and were able to work collaboratively to ensure that these essential projects receive funding. With this funding, the Governor is stepping up for the communities of the North Country and investing in our economy and our health. These grants will help municipalities upgrade water infrastructure efficiently and expediently, while providing millions in taxpayer savings and creating hundreds of new jobs," Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, said in a prepared statement from Cuomo's office.
"Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for these unprecedented investments in the health and safety of our communities. With this funding, we will upgrade outdated water infrastructure, create nearly 2,000 jobs, and ensure a stronger, healthier New York for all," Assemblywoman Addie Jenne, D-Theresa, said in a prepared statement from Cuomo's office.
"These record investments will provide taxpayer savings, create jobs and help municipalities upgrade vital water infrastructure. My colleagues and I worked tirelessly to include this vital funding in this year's state budget. I commend the efforts of both houses and the Governor to ensure safe and clean water for all New Yorkers and am thankful that these grants will have such a positive impact on thousands of lives throughout the North Country," Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, said in a prepared statement from Cuomo's office.