Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $7 Million in Economic Recovery Funding Coming to Ulster County for Wastewater Treatment

Jul 15, 2009

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Village of Ellenville has received a $1,941,000 grant and $5,244,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).  The funding will be distributed through the USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program and will be used to improve wastewater treatment systems and help provide safe drinking water.

“Maintaining our wastewater systems is essential to the economic well being and public health of residents in Ellenville and throughout Ulster County,” said Schumer.  “This funding will ensure that our water infrastructure is up to snub to provide safe, quality drinking water to residents and create jobs in the process.”

“Updating our aging water infrastructure is a critical part of economic growth in Ulster County,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “New York needs all the federal dollars we can get to help support the State’s infrastructure, ensure our communities economic and environmental health, and create jobs right here at home. I will continue to work with Senator Schumer and our Congressional Delegation to ensure that New York receives its fair share of federal dollars.”

USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.