Two announcements from Albany last week bring news of state funds for local projects.

The Village of Dundee will receive a grant for over $2 million to make improvements in the village’s waste water treatment plant and collection system improvements. 

Also, $869,000 was awarded to Yates County for a bridge East Sherman Hollow Road over Sugar Creek.

State Sen. Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano announced  the grant to Dundee and more than $57 million to Southern Tier and Finger Lakes as part of the latest round of state grant funding under New York’s “Water Infrastructure Improvement Act” program.

 In a joint statement, O’Mara and Palmesano said, “It continues to be important that the state is taking steps to distribute this vital funding as quickly as possible to help localities across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, undertake critical water infrastructure improvement projects. We are hopeful that ongoing state assistance will prove successful in helping localities complete vital projects including sewer and pipeline repairs. We’re also hopeful that it can represent a long-term model for how the state-local partnership can be strengthened for the good of local environments, local economies, and local property taxpayers by helping municipalities meet critical infrastructure needs while remaining within the property tax cap.”

The bridge grant is part of the BRIDGE-NY program of the state budget to help localities complete bridge and culvert rehabilitation and replacement projects. 

O’Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, was instrumental in the establishment of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act in 2015. 

The Dundee Waste Water Treatment plant discharges treated waste water into Big Stream, a major tributary to Seneca Lake. 

The Village of Hammondsport also received  $418,750 for the Hammondsport Village Square Wastewater Project.

The 2017-2018 state budget included the state’s largest-ever one-time investment, $2.6 billion, to address water quality challenges statewide.