HAWLEY PASSES BILL TO RELEASE BILLIONS IN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS IMMEDIATELY

            In light of the devastated condition of much of the public water, wastewater and sewer filtration and delivery systems along the Lake Ontario Shoreline, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced that he has passed legislation to make immediately available billions in funding that was secured as part of this year’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017.

            As it stands currently, this funding will not be available until August 18, 2017 but this legislation would allow the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to provide temporary assistance not to exceed reasonable costs for infrastructure construction, replacement, repair and any requisite engineering costs. The bill will now go to Gov. Cuomo to sign into law.

            “I realize that our towns and villages are in chaos right now and residents are using temporary or store-bought water supplies. We are continuing to do everything we can in the Legislature to secure funding to alleviate some of these struggles,” Hawley said. “The issues municipalities are having along the shoreline are exactly what the Clean Water Infrastructure Act was created to address, and I am hopeful that Gov. Cuomo will sign this bill into law immediately.”

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