Governor Hochul, Mayor Patterson-Howard and County Executive Latimer Announce Historic Partnership to Address Longstanding Water Infrastructure Challenges in the City of Mount Vernon

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Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation Basil Seggos mentioned, “Governor Hochul’s A historic $150 million investment to improve the City of Mount Vernon’s water infrastructure is a critical step to help bring this community together after generations of neglect and divestment. I am proud to stand with our partners in the City of Mount Vernon and Westchester County, as well as our colleagues from the Environmental Facilities Corporation, the Department of Health and the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, to launch the Third Street Sewer Project, which marks the beginning of New York State’s multi-year, multi-agency commitment to replace aging infrastructure across the city.”

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Maureen A. Coleman said: “This project is a great example of the positive, tangible results for people and communities that result from government collaboration. This partnership and the state’s significant investment highlights Governor Hochul’s commitment to using innovative solutions to modernize and protect critical infrastructure, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and address the environmental, public health, and quality of life concerns of historically overburdened communities. THIS F celebrates this initiative and remains committed to providing the necessary financial resources to local governments to ensure they have the modern, responsive water services that are essential to a healthy and thriving community. »

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said: “Health equity begins with unhindered access to basic human needs such as clean water and reliable waste disposal. Through this investment, Governor Hochul right decades of wrongs by prioritizing communities like Mount Vernon that historically haven’t had the resources to implement projects that result in healthier living standards that all New Yorkers deserve .”

Katie Brennan, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Storm Recovery, said: “Top-down resources require bottom-up planning and partnership to build safe and resilient communities, and we stand ready to work hand-in-hand with the county and city to deliver Governor Hochul’s commitment to address long-standing inequalities in housing. This historic initiative will not only provide critical improvements to the city’s public infrastructure, but will drive investment directly into the homes of Mount Vernon residents. »

Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2 Lisa F. Garcia said: “The Biden-Harris administration has supercharged state revolving funds to create jobs while improving America’s aging water infrastructure and addressing key challenges such as aging wastewater treatment infrastructure. sewage and lead in drinking water similar to those in communities like Mount Vernon Moving forward and under a separate funding mechanism, the bipartisan Infrastructure Act will help fund work like this and is nothing less than a transformation.It is the largest investment ever made by the federal government in water infrastructure.

By entering the PE Along with New York State and the County, the City of Mount Vernon is taking a critical step to resolve long-standing Clean Water Act violations under a federal consent decree.

Senator Charles Schumer mentioned, “Today’s $150 million investment in Mount Vernon water infrastructure is exactly the type of project I envisioned when I pushed the infrastructure bill through and For too long, Mount Vernon has suffered from underinvestment, leading to aging pipes, public health risks and the threat of toxic sewage backing up into homes every time it comes. I was proud to fight for the people of Mount Vernon, Washington, to right that wrong, and proud that we put millions in down payment to move this project forward. Today’s historic partnership, with Governor Hochultied to multiple pots of federal cash, which is why I fought so hard to provide local aid through the US bailout and historic investments in water infrastructure.”

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