Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Village of Morris to Receive Over $2 Million 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 Morris has received a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant for a total of $2,475,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funding will be used for several water management projects, including construction of a new water storage tank that will replace the existing 130 year old tank. In addition, Morris will replace aging water mains and install individual water meters for each service as well as a section of pipe for increased chlorine contact time to ensure safe drinking water.

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

“When we invest in key water infrastructure like this, we can deliver clean drinking water to more families in the Village of Morris, and help strengthen the local economy,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Upgrading water infrastructure is an effective way to attract new businesses and support new local jobs. And by making these investments at the federal level, we can help hold the line on property bills to help Morris families keep more of what they earn.”     


The USDA Rural Development funding for the Village of Morris in Otsego County comprises a $1,725,000 loan and $750,000 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.