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Hochul hopes to empower New York communities with water infrastructure support

On World Water Day, Governor Kathy Hochul spotlighted New York’s Community Assistance Teams initiative, designed to aid local governments in enhancing their water infrastructure. Since its inception in February 2023, the program has conducted extensive outreach, assisting 85 municipalities through consultations and over 500 local government officials through 18 regional webinars. This initiative is a key component of Hochul’s $1 billion plan to modernize the state’s water systems, focusing on supporting small, rural, and disadvantaged communities.


The Community Assistance Teams, a collaboration among various state departments, play a pivotal role in guiding municipalities toward securing necessary funding for water infrastructure projects. This program aims to ensure all communities, especially those historically underserved, have the support needed to kickstart their projects and submit competitive funding applications. To date, the initiative has already facilitated targeted outreach to engage municipalities that have not previously received financial assistance or have not applied in the last five years.

The announcement coincided with New York’s continued commitment to substantial water quality investments, including a proposed $500 million over two years in Governor Hochul’s Executive Budget. This funding builds on New York’s position as a national leader in water infrastructure investment, aiming to ensure clean, safe water across all communities. As the world commemorates Water World Day, Governor Hochul’s initiative underscores New York’s dedication to sustainable water management and infrastructure development.



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