Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi announced that Representative Peter King and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have secured $500,000 to improve the City of Glen Cove’s water system infrastructure. This funding, which is part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Interior and Environmental Appropriations bill, supplements the federal funding that is already allocated to the city each year, he stated.
The mayor said that the City of Glen Cove has devoted a significant amount of resources toward rehabilitating the city’s aging drinking and storm water infrastructure. In addition, earlier this year, Mayor Suozzi and CDA/IDA Director Kelly Morris traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Representative King, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand to advocate for additional federal support for Glen Cove’s water infrastructure initiatives.
“The current water infrastructure is outdated and in need of upgrades to better serve the Glen Cove community,” said Congressman King. “I am fully supportive of Mayor Suozzi’s commitment to a high quality water treatment system, and that is why I made Congressional funding for this project a top priority.”
Mayor Suozzi said, “We are grateful to Representative King and Senator Gillibrand for their outstanding leadership and effective efforts in securing this funding. I am pleased that our congressional delegation is supportive of our lobbying efforts to bring this much needed funding to Glen Cove.”
The mayor said that the city will use this funding to upgrade and modify the current water systems in the areas of production, treatment, and system management in order to accommodate the changes in flow patterns since the storm water system was originally designed in the 1950s. The city will use a portion of this funding for improvements that minimize property damage during incidents of inclement weather, protecting natural waterways as well as commercial and private property from flood damage and erosion.
Mayor Suozzi said that, to date, the city has received over $12.8 million in federal dollars since beginning its lobbying effort in Washington during the first quarter of 2006. His announcement of this $500,000 in funding is the first official notice regarding the 2010 federal appropriation bills. The city is still awaiting word on approximately $2 million more in 2010 requests to help fund local infrastructure projects, he added.