Fed Stimulus bails out 30th District water woes
by Daniel Bush
Sep 15, 2009 | 3453 views | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Part of a $220 million federal stimulus package aimed for the city is earmarked for Middle Village and Glendale, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced.

The funding will go towards water infrastructure improvements across New York City.

In the 30th Council District, Crowley said the stimulus aid would fund long-overdue water system and sewage infrastructure upgrades. It was not announced how much money has been secured for Middle Village and Glendale.

“Reinvesting in our water and sewage infrastructure is a basic need that has been neglected for too long,” Crowley said in prepared remarks delivered at a September 8 press conference in Greenpoint announcing the funding.

Crowley appeared alongside Governor David A. Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Councilman James Gennaro, chair of the council’s environmental committee.

Crowley said the federal dollars would pay for greenstreets medians on Dry Harbor Road, 82nd Place and Juniper Boulevard North. The storm water-collecting medians should reduce the risk of major floods in the area, said Crowley.

“I am pleased that the Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner has agreed to look into these additional areas per my request,” Crowley said, “and I will continue to work with him to ensure the storm infrastructure of our community is adequately addressed.”

The councilwoman said she hopes to build flood-protection medians in other parts of the district as well, including along stretches of 77th and Penelope Avenues.

“The infusion of stimulus dollars for water projects will bolster our aggressive programs and help us improve water quality in our rivers and bays, and reduce flooding in areas that have long suffered from storm water flooding,” Bloomberg said at the press conference.

“I want to again thank President Obama and our entire congressional delegation for their work in delivering for New York City,” the mayor said.

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