NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--North Salem is one of two Westchester County municipalities to benefit from more than $4 million in state grants to finance water infrastructure improvements. 

The funding, totaling $4,068,987, was approved in this year’s budget as part of a record investment by New York State in addressing local water issues. The town of North Salem will get $479,837, while the village of Croton-on-Hudson has been allocated $271,650. The village of Pawling in Dutchess County will receive $3,317,500.

The projects will include upgrades and replacements for drinking water systems, filtration plants and water mains, as well as the construction or enhancement of waste-water treatment plants, pump stations and sewer systems.

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The funds are part of $34 million in grants recently announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support 24 essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the Mid-Hudson Valley. These grants are part of a $255 million statewide investment funded through New York’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) and the new Water Infrastructure Grants Program (IMG).

“Many towns and villages in the 40th Senate District are facing water infrastructure challenges,” said Sen. Terrance Murphy. “Contaminated water or a faltering sewer system can have a direct impact on quality life, health and tourism. These investments in water infrastructure will provide local municipalities with the resources they need to upgrade their systems and safeguard community water supplies.”

“This program is critically important to local municipalities as all of us attempt to deal with infrastructure problems that have been many decades in the making,” said North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas. “We have seen in places like Flint, Mich., what can happen when a workable problem left unresolved becomes a crisis. The funds from this grant allow us to be more pro-active and will go a long way in rectifying our infrastructure problems while helping to stimulate economic development.”  

“Supplying clean drinking water to residents is one of the most important services local governments provide,” said Dr. Greg Schmidt, mayor of Croton-on-Hudson. “Like many municipalities across New York, the village is dealing with ageing water infrastructure and this funding support is vital in our efforts to upgrade Croton’s water delivery systems.”

The $34 million in grant funds earmarked for the Mid-Hudson Valley will leverage $123 million in total project costs providing over $64 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 2,000 jobs across the region. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, communities in the Mid-Hudson Valley have received a total of $68 million in WIIA and IMG grant funds supporting $259 million in total project costs.

In addition to grants, the Environmental Facilities Corp. (EFC) provides interest-free and low-interest loans to communities further enhancing the taxpayer savings related to the development of these projects. The grants are expected to be supplemented with nearly $68 million in low-cost loans.

New York State leads the nation with the largest annual investment in water-quality infrastructure of any state. Since 2011, the EFC has provided more than $11.5 billion in subsidized loans, grants and loan re-financings to local governments.