Mayor John T. McDonald III announced that the City of Cohoes has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $587,000 from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation. The CDBG program is awarded to municipalities and nonprofit organizations by the state through an annual grant competition.
The New York State Community Development Block Grant program provides financial assistance to eligible cities, towns, and villages, in order to develop viable communities by providing decent, affordable housing, and suitable living environments, as well as expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.
The grant will provide the necessary funds to assist the City in the replacement of water lines in the north end of Van Schaick Island. The project will benefit over 250 residents providing more reliable and safe potable water and promote improved quality of life.
“The City of Cohoes is pleased to be awarded this grant as part of our continued efforts to upgrade our infrastructure throughout the City. The financial assistance will allow us to improve water quality to residents at the north end of the Island with no financial impact to the remainder of our residents throughout the City,” said Mayor John T. McDonald III.
Mayor McDonald expressed his appreciation to Governor Paterson and the Office of Community Renewal as well as Congressman Paul Tonko, Senator Neil Breslin, and Assemblyman Ronald Canestrari for their full support for the City’s application
"The Common Council was pleased to support this grant that will continue the efforts of improving the City’s aged infrastructure and at the same time relieves any expense to the community. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development, we are able to secure these grants and provide improvements that benefit the residents and the community," said Common Council President George Primeau.
“This is great news for our community particularly for the 6th ward residents. Anytime you improve the quality of life for residents you know you are doing your job,” said Council Member Ralph Signoracci IV.