Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Village of Deferiet to Receive Over $620k in Federal Funding for Water Management

Jun 11, 2013

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Village of Deferiet has received a Water and Waste Disposal Grant for $622,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funding will be used to provide a new transmission line between the Villages of Deferiet and nearby Herrings, and will make distribution system improvements in both villages, including the addition of several new fire hydrants, new well pumps and a new 225 gallon elevated storage tank.

“Supporting New York’s rural communities with smart investments for water management is pivotal for communities like the Village of Deferiet and its local economy. It improves water management, safeguards public health and spurs economic development,” said Senator Schumer. “This USDA Rural Development investment for Deferiet’s local water storage and hydrant systems will in turn help enhance quality of life in the community and lead the way for further economic development in the region.”    

“Investing in water infrastructure like this is one of the smartest and most effective ways to lead us to new economic growth,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Upgrading water infrastructure can help local families live healthier, while helping to attract new businesses and support jobs to strengthen the local economy. And when these investments are made at the federal level like this, that helps hold the line on property taxes.”   

The USDA Rural Development funding for the Village of Deferiet in Jefferson County is comprised of a $622,000 grant. The USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. USDA Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of necessary community and technology infrastructure.