Supervisor Nicky B. Woerner
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2009
SUPERVISOR NICKY B. WOERNER ANNOUNCES AWARD OF $600,000 GRANT TO TOWN OF ULSTER
Town of Ulster Supervisor Nicky B. Woerner today announced that the town has been awarded $600,000 through the New York State Community Development Block Grant (NYS CDBG) program. The funds from the grant will be used to assist in financially subsidizing the $ 650,000 construction of a new water tank for the Glenerie Water District.
"With the addition of this grant, we have worked hard over the past four years to secure over $1 million from New York State and this allows us to continue to build vital infrastructure in the town," said Woerner. "The construction of this new tank makes it possible for the town to provide adequate water storage and pressure for firefighting purposes while also assuring a ready supply for the residents in the Glenerie Water District."
Woerner added that the construction of the new water tank has been a high priority for his current administration. While 68 grants were handed out through the CDBG program throughout the state, the Town of Ulster is the only municipality in Ulster County to receive an award. The County received two awards totaling $750,000 through the program to assist with housing rehabilitation.
The NYS CDBG grants total more than $29.6 million for communities across the State to help address a range of development needs, including rehabilitating housing, improving and upgrading public water and sewer systems and increasing home ownership opportunities. These awards are expected to leverage an additional $18.9 million in local investment. The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) administers the federally funded program, which makes approximately $50 million available annually to eligible communities.
Woerner added, "Nothing is more important than assuring the safety of our residents and this new water tower will do that. I am gratified that Governor Paterson and his administration recognized the vital necessity of this kind of infrastructure development. We look forward to similar success in our efforts to obtain state and federal monies for vital economic development of our community. I'm sure I speak for the entire town when I say, thank you Governor Paterson."
The Glenerie Water District, established in 2004 serves 175 homes in the north-central region of the Town of Ulster.
The Town of Ulster previously received two grants totaling $400,000 from the state Governor's Office for Small Cities in 2007 and are using $ 300,000 of that funding for the current construction of the Russell F. Brott Memorial Senior Center. In addition, $100,000 is being used for lateral connections and home rehabilitation in the East Kingston Water District.
For more information please contact Supervisor Woerner's Office at 845-382-2765