FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2018
Pledges to seek funding for federal High Hazard Potential Dam Rehabilitation Program
Gillibrand member of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, which has failed to fund this important program
New York, New York - In the wake of a report from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that 75 Capital Region dams pose a “significant threat of damaging the surrounding area” if breached, U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R,C, Reform) renewed her pledge to seek increased infrastructure funds for the state.
“From day one of my campaign, I have made bringing back as much of the $48 billion in overpayments New Yorkers send to Washington as my priority,” said Farley.
Farley continued, “Instead of our tax dollars going to support states like New Mexico, Kentucky and Alabama, those funds should be put to work here to help local governments in Coeymans, Colonie, Troy and throughout the Capital Region to make the necessary repairs they need to safeguard our communities.”
According to DiNapoli, the cost of fixing Capital Region dams is approximately $360 million, yet the availability of federal funding is scarce. The federal High Hazard Potential Dam Rehabilitation Program authorized under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016 has yet to be funded by Congress.
Senator Gillibrand is a member on the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, which has to date failed to fund this important program.
Concluded Farley, “Dam safety must be a priority. Unfortunately, in her 11 plus years in Washington, Senator Gillibrand has utterly failed to deliver for New Yorkers, failing to pass a single bill she has introduced.”
Chele Farley is an outsider with over 25 years of experience in the private sector. She is the endorsed Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for U.S. Senate. Farley lives in New York City with her husband Richard and their three sons. For more information about U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley, please visit www.CheleFarleyforSenate.com.