Gov. Cuomo announces funding for flood control projects in CNY

New York State will invest $6,250,000 in NY Works for 15 flood control system and dam repair projects in Central New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.

NY Works is a taskforce that will help create thousands of jobs by overseeing investment in infrastructure projects across the state, according to a release from the governor’s office.

“For the second year in a row, New York State has passed a transformative and balanced budget that holds the line on spending, while focusing on job creation and government efficiency,” Gov. Cuomo said in the release. “The centerpiece of this budget is the New York Works program, which will help rebuild our aging infrastructure, including our dams and flood control systems, to protect people and property throughout our state.”

Local funding includes $1,500,000 for repairs to Onondaga Dam, in the town of Onondaga, $15,000 for Auburn, $25,000 for Jordan and $650,000 for Syracuse, all for flood control projects.

"Making sure we have proper flood control and our dams are in working order is vital to the health and safety of Central New York residents," Assembly member Sam Roberts said. "Being prepared for unexpected flooding can not only save taxpayer dollars on repairs and insurance, but it can potentially save lives. This program helps update and maintain these projects in Central New York without passing the cost on to local taxpayers."

The NY Works task force will coordinate plans across 45 agencies and authorities, and oversee investment of the $16 billion budget of these agencies. It will consist of fifteen members, nine appointed by the governor and six by the state legislature.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation maintains 106 flood control projects, of which 91 have been rated “minimally acceptable” or “unacceptable” by the Army Corps of Engineers. The New York Works Funds will designate $102 million, leveraging more than $100 million in matching funds, to repair aged and otherwise failing structures.

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