By JOHN PURCELL
Recorder News Staff
Amsterdam will receive $3.9 million of $7 million awarded to Montgomery County by the state for drinking water and wastewater improvement projects.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday nearly $30 million in grants for 21 drinking and wastewater infrastructure projects across the Mohawk Valley. Montgomery County was awarded $7 million, of which Amsterdam will receive approximately $3 million for drinking water improvements and $900,000 for clean water improvements.
Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa said the state grants will greatly benefit the city and help fund vital infrastructure improvements.
“We put in for the maximum amount and we got pretty much the maximum amount we could get, so we’re extremely thankful,” Villa said Tuesday. “It shows the cooperation that we’ve had for the last couple of years working with all our representatives, and the governor putting this funding out there and seeing the issues that we have.”
Villa said he planned to provide a breakdown today of how the awarded funds would be used.
In addition to Amsterdam, the villages of Fonda, Fultonville and St. Johnsville are set to receive funding.
Fonda was awarded $2.16 million for a drinking water improvement project estimated at $3.6 million and $275,000 for an estimated $1.1 million clean water project.
Fultonville was awarded $540,000 for a drinking water project estimated to total $900,000.
St. Johnsville was awarded $400,000 toward clean water improvements estimated at $1.6 million.
Villa said Sen. George Amedore was a strong proponent for the grants Amsterdam sought and worked hard to ensure funding was awarded. Villa said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara also had advocated for Amsterdam.
Amedore thanked Cuomo for his commitment to improving water infrastructure in the region.
“Communities throughout the state have been plagued by aging infrastructure that places a burden on taxpayers and can cause damage to the environment,” Amedore stated in a release. “Investing in our water systems and making long overdue improvements to strengthen our infrastructure has always been one of my top priorities.”
Santabarbara also thanked Cuomo for the regional investment to ensure residents have access to clean drinking water. He said the funding is critical to strengthening and protecting natural resources in the Mohawk Valley.
“As a civil engineer, infrastructure is always on my mind. Now serving in the state Assembly, I know that smart investments like this to improve water infrastructure with 21st century materials and technology will ensure the continued success for our upstate communities,” Santabarbara stated.
The grants announced Tuesday are part of a $255 million statewide investment funded through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the new Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program, according to the Governor’s Office.
“This unprecedented investment continues New York’s commitment to helping municipalities develop necessary infrastructure to protect our water resources,” Cuomo stated in the release. “These investments are crucial to supporting the health and safety of our communities, and help lay the foundation for future growth and prosperity in every corner of this great state.”