State officials participating in the Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour on Friday stopped in Schuyler to announce $9 million in flood mitigation grants being award across the state.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens, state Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton, New York Power Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Gil Quiniones and Division of Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner Darryl Towns were among those attending the event at Schuyler Town Hall, according to a news release.
A total of 23 counties will benefit from the grants awarded through NY Works to “restore and rehabilitate New York’s waterways severely impacted by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.”
Herkimer, Oneida and Otsego counties were among those awarded, with grants totaling $499,657, $335,000 and $391,494, respectively.
The state will also provide an additional $7 million in funding so counties can meet the 25 percent non-federal match requirements for federally funded stream restoration projects through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, a release said.
“NY Works funding is critical to rebuilding our infrastructure and creating jobs across the state,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in the release. “Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee were two of the most devastating flooding events in New York’s history and this grant funding and the assisting match funds are important components of the overall, on-going flood recovery effort and should help communities across the state address the most immediate flood impacts and assist in mitigating future flood damage.”
“In the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster, the priority is on restoring lives and making the repairs needed to ensure our communities are safe, next comes preparing for the future,” said state Senator James Seward, R,C,I - Oneonta, in a news release. “I commend Governor Cuomo and state officials on the initial response following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee and appreciate the continued attention to flood stricken areas. These grants will help make sure homes and businesses are protected for years to come without burdening local governments and taxpayers.”