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Maloney Announces Major $23 Million Investment to Strengthen Local Infrastructure

Oct 23, 2014
Press Release
Cuts Through Red Tape to Expedite Federal Funding to Prevent Flooding in Orange, Dutchess

Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced $23,314,000 federal investment to strengthen six bridges in Orange and Dutchess Counties. This investment through the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will strength flood-prone bridges, repair existing damage due to past flooding, and protect families, businesses and communities from future flooding.  

“Since day one, I’ve worked across the aisle with local, state and federal officials to make critical investments in infrastructure, and I’ll continue to deliver results for my neighbors and communities,” said Rep. Maloney. “My neighbors have been hit hard by recent storms Sandy, Irene, and Lee, and this federal investment in our local infrastructure will keep our families, businesses and communities safe during a storm while creating jobs and growing our economy.” 

“Sound infrastructure provides the foundation for a strong economy. Continued investment in our road and bridge network is critical to moving Dutchess forward and we are grateful for these federal dollars to ensure the safety of these important bridge assets,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

“There is no economic development without infrastructure. Our bridges move people and commerce every day. I am grateful to our federal partners for the work they have done in securing this funding for our community as we continue to rebuild and invest in the safety of our residents,” said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus.

In New York’s 18th Congressional District, six bridges will receive incrementally awarded funding, including:

·         $7,440,000 for Route 82, over Sprout Creek in Town of Wappinger

·         $4,092,000 for Route 42, over Shingle Kill Creek in Port Jervis

·         $3,373,000 for Route 52, over Quassaic Creek in Town of Newburgh

·         $3,125,000 for Route 55, over Jackson Creek in Town of LaGrange

·         $2,766,000 for Route 52, over Tin Brook in Town of Montgomery

·         $2,518,000 for Route 17K, over Shawangunk Kill in Town of Wallkill 

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding will strengthen and upgrade 29 flood-prone bridges across New York, totaling $151,693,250. Earlier this year, Maloney worked with Governor Cuomo to identify bridges across the Hudson Valley that needed upgrading and these priority projects have been pending FEMA approval. 

Working with 48 communities and local stakeholders in all four counties, Rep. Maloney has identified 123 critical flood mitigation projects that will prepare and protect our region against future storm damage.