Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced proposed changes to the financing tools New York makes available to municipalities that will prioritize Environmental Justice areas for water infrastructure projects. The changes would help address the historic inequities faced by low-income communities and communities of color that have borne the brunt of the worst environmental impacts. These resources will fix existing water infrastructure issues and prevent future ones by making more municipalities eligible for cost-saving financial assistance that allows them to afford critical clean and drinking water projects.
"Everyone, including state and local governments, has an obligation to rethink how our actions can create negative environmental impacts that disproportionately affect low-income and disadvantaged communities," Governor Cuomo said.
"Prioritizing Environmental Justice communities for these resources will help municipalities overcome the financial challenges standing in the way of making sure every New Yorker has access to water that is safe to drink and clean for recreation."