$30.32 million on its way to joint sewage treatment plant

By Conor Mooney

$30.32 million on its way to joint sewage treatment plant

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) $30 million in flood repair is on its way to the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.

The state will provide a $30.32 million loan package for repairs, improvements, and prevention from future storms for the plant.

The facility suffered severe damage in 2011 from Tropical Storm Lee.

"We are continuing to build back critical infrastructure that serves Binghamton and Johnson City so that the region is stronger and better than before," said Cuomo.

The financing will include $24.8 million in interest-free loans, and was approved by the Board of Directors of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp, or EFC.

According to Cuomo's office, the package is the first of two rounds of funding expected from the EFC.

Cuomo said the loans will advance funds for design costs for support of installation of a flood wall.

The plant serves about 120,000 customers.

Mayor Matt Ryan released this statement: “The City has been working diligently for over a year now to obtain the loan so our residents can avoid as much exposure as possible to bonding costs. This loan will keep them free from a majority of those costs. We appreciate Governor Cuomo’s efforts in pushing this over the finish line.”

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