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Governor Announces Flood Control Projects in Westchester

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday more than $400,000 in capital investment toward flood controls in Westchester County. Ardsley, Chappaqua, Mount Pleasant and Yonkers will receive funds to repair existing flood controls.

The projects are part of a statewide capital investment campaign, a piece of the governor’s “NY Works" plan announced during his State of the State address . In the Hudson Valley about $5.7 million in investment will be spent on 15 flood control system and dam repair projects, in the hopes that the measures will repair infrastructure and create jobs.

Assembly member Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh) said, “While strengthening our flood prevention infrastructure, this is also an investment in our local workforce," according to a release from the governor’s office.

Projects include $109,200 in investment in Ardsley, $98,000 in Chappaqua, $130,000 in Mount Pleasant and $67,000 in Yonkers, totaling $404,200 in Westchester.

The governor says the NY Works Task Force will coordinate capital expenditures across state agencies. A release by the governor’s office said, “Prior to the NY Works Initiative, there was no comprehensive state plan for the $16 billion in annual capital expenditures by 45 state agencies and authorities.”

The task force will be comprised of 15 members, nine of which will be appointed by the governor, and six chosen by the legislature. All major state agencies and authorities will participate in an implementation council to coordinate capital planning.

The governor’s office says all NY Works projects will be posted on the web with real-time updates, and that the full list of projects will be posted online over the next several days.

The regional Department of Environmental Conservation also received funds relating to flood control systems. DEC Region 3, which stretches from its northernmost tip in Ulster to Westchester in the south received $505,000 for equipment and $450,000 for maintenance.

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