MAMARONECK, N. Y. -- A Mamaroneck project to protect Long Island Sound from sanitary sewer drainage issues is getting a little help from the state in the form of a $250,000 grant through New York's Water Infastructure Improvement Act, officials announced.
The grant is earmarked for drainage system improvements for the West Basin Drainage area, officials said. The idea is to reduce sanitary sewer overflow in the drainage system.
Mayor Norm Rosenblum thanked State Assemblyman Steve Otis for helping with the grant process.
"The Village of Mamaroneck is continuously thankful for the support from New York State to improve our water quality," Rosenblum said.
Otis congratulated the village for the work that went into the grant process. The state program is mean to help local governments with expensive water improvement projects, he said.
"Statewide, these grants reduce costs to property taxpayers and make previously unaffordable projects possible," Otis said.
State Senator George Latimer said the grant will help improve water quality and safety.
"It is crucial that we take the steps necessary to protect families and their water supply," he said.
The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act was created as part of the 2015-16 state budget to assist local governments and taxpayers in paying for water quality projects. The program was spearheaded by Otis and State Assemblyman John McDonald.
The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act was initially funded for $200 million over a three-year period, state officials said. That total was increased by $25 million with grant funds and an additional $200 million included with this year's state budget.