With the passing of New York state’s budget just around the corner, Cayuga County and the city of Auburn are reminding Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the water infrastructure challenges the area is facing.
Keith Batman, chair of the Cayuga County Legislature, and Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert, sent a letter to Cuomo on March 10, calling for the state to invest at least $800 million in clean water infrastructure projects this year. Cuomo has proposed a $2 billion water infrastructure proposal to be invested over a five-year period, which Batman said is not enough. Estimates statewide show that the water infrastructure needs are close to $70 billion.