Advancing Environmental Justice in Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon, NY Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard.

New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul. Photo by and courtesy of Wikipedia.

ALBANY, NY and MOUNT VERNON, NY — September 1, 2022 — Under the leadership of Governor Hochul, the state has committed a historic $150 million investment and partnership with Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard and Westchester County Executive George Latimer to address longstanding water infrastructure and related public health challenges that have plagued the city for decades. The Mount Vernon City Council approved $6 million in state-funded contracts earlier this month under the partnership, a key milestone to enable the start of priority sewer repairs and long-term planning for future wastewater projects. An additional $3 million in federal funding was allocated to assist Mount Vernon residents impacted by the sewer and water infrastructure crisis in the city through the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery’s Healthy Homes pilot program announced in July. Interested residents can go to stormrecovery.ny.gov/mountvernon to learn more.

Local Governments Encouraged to Participate in Clean Watersheds Needs Survey

EFC is urging municipalities to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Watersheds Needs Survey which EFC kicked off in New York on March 1. Participation is critical as it may impact how much federal CWSRF dollars will be allocated to New York State to fund future clean water infrastructure projects. Municipalities are asked to document their community’s wastewater infrastructure needs for submission to the EPA. Go to https://efc.ny.gov/needs to submit documentation and for resources to assist with submissions. 

SOURCE: NY State Kathy Hochul | Governor’s Press Office

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