Cortland gets $1M grant for Clinton Avenue upgrades

CORTLAND, N.Y. — New York State is expected to fund up to 25 percent of a project that involves repairing aging water and sewer lines beneath a major avenue in the city of Cortland.

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On Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $75 million in grants to support 45 drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects throughout the state.

The city of Cortland was awarded $995,725 in state funding towards improvements on Clinton Avenue. The project is expected to cost nearly $4 million, and the city expects to take out nearly $3 million in loans for the project.

Several engineering studies have shown that the infrastructure beneath Clinton Avenue is deteriorating, according to one city official.

Funding is administered by the state's Environmental Facilities Corporation and the departments of health and environmental conservation.

"New York invests more to protect water-quality and strengthen water infrastructure than any state in the nation," Gov. Cuomo said in a press release Tuesday. "These grants will make it easier for localities to make the critical upgrades that ensure their water systems continue to provide New Yorkers with safe, high-quality water."

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