Construction Industry Council President Ross J. Pepe Comments on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Budget Proposal to Earmark $2 Billion to Fund Clean Water Infrastructure

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“There is a staggering need statewide and the Governor’s plan follows up on the highly successful statewide grants program that is now in place for local municipalities,” Mr. Pepe says

Local communities cannot do it alone.

Ross J. Pepe, president of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc. and the Building Contractors Association of Westchester & Mid-Hudson Region, Inc. has issued the following statement regarding Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget proposal to invest $2 billion in clean water infrastructure and water quality protection:

“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new plan in his proposed state budget to improve clean water infrastructure and control pollution is arriving in the nick of time. There is a staggering need statewide and the Governor’s plan follows up on the highly successful statewide grants program that is now in place for local municipalities.”

Working closely with municipalities and conservationists over the past nine months, the Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc. identified more than $1 billion of maintenance and upgrade needs in the Hudson Valley region for clean water infrastructure.

“Local communities cannot do it alone,” Mr. Pepe added. "On behalf of some 30,000 construction workers and 600 employers throughout the region, we applaud Gov. Cuomo for recognizing the environmental and economic benefits that his plan will bring to every resident and business in New York State.”

About the author: Ross J. Pepe is president of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc., and the Building Contractors Association of Westchester & Mid-Hudson Region, Inc., which combined represent more than 600 employers and 30,000 employees throughout New York’s the downstate region.

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