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Cuomo plans $9.4 million for Lake George water treatment plant

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 07, 2020 11:26 AM
Created: January 06, 2020 01:16 PM

If there was ever a reason to celebrate over sewage, Lake George has found it. In fact, the resort community has almost 10 million reasons to celebrate.

After months of lobbying the state, Lake George is now getting the help it needs to protect its precious water. The state is coming through with a long-awaited grant to build a new wastewater treatment plant.

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The 85-year-old plant is no longer able to keep pollution from making its way into the Queen of American Lakes.

The new plant was ordered built by the state at a cost of about $24 million. That’s a huge lift for a small village.

The community's long-time mayor lobbied for the past couple years that Lake George is the state's gem, and keeping it clean is the responsibility of all New Yorkers.

"Lake George's name is magical. Not only just across New York State, but we've been named one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, we've been named one of the top five family destinations in the country," Mayor Bob Blais said. "And it isn't just Lake George, it's New York State."

The lobbying by Blais, state Sen. Betty Little and others produced results Sunday when Gov. Cuomo announced $9.4 million in state funding for the plant.

"I would call this the single most important step toward long term protection of Lake George since creation of the aquatic invasive species prevention program," Eric Siy of the Fund for Lake George said.

Lake George is still a few million dollars short and taxpayers will have to come up with the difference, but the mayor is hoping Warren County will chip in.


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