Statement from Assemblyman Steve Otis on Announcement of Grants for Water Infrastructure Improvement Projects

More than $18 million in grants awarded for projects in Westchester County

Assemblyman Steve Otis (D- Rye) announced today that several Westchester County communities have been awarded Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) grants in the 2019 round of funding for the program that Assemblyman Otis helped create in 2015.

Westchester communities were awarded 13 projects totaling $18.8 million in grants which will support of $87 million in projects. Our Mid-Hudson region performed well with 37 communities receiving $58.8 million in grants towards $190 million in projects.

Assemblyman Otis stated, “I am again thrilled that Westchester and our region has secured clean water grant funding which will lower the cost of these projects for local property taxpayers. Governor Cuomo’s tremendous support in funding over $5 billion in clean water projects through 2024 allows New York to lead the nation in commitment to clean water funding.”

Westchester recipients include the Village of Mamaroneck with a $ 1,082,500 grant and the Westchester Joint Water Works with a $ 3,200,000 award.

Other Westchester recipients this year include: Village of Bronxville, Town of Cortlandt, Village of Cornwall-On- Hudson, Town of Harrison, Town of Lewisboro, Village of Mount Kisco, Village of Ossining, City of White Plains, City of Yonkers and City of Peekskill. They are part of more than $416 million in grants awarded this year statewide, the largest amount granted in the history of the program. Since 2015, the WIIA program has awarded over $1 billion in grants to local governments to support clean water infrastructure upgrades.

Assemblyman Otis added, “This new round of funding builds on the major investment made by New York State since the program was created. These grants will help municipalities improve the environment, create jobs and lower the burden of municipal property taxes. A coalition of local governments, construction, labor and environmental groups have advocated for the state’s continued commitment to this valuable program.”