Emergency Funds Requested by NY Lawmaker for Immediate Repair of Leaking Sewage System
Emergency Funds Requested by NY Lawmaker for Immediate Repair of Leaking Sewage

Emergency state funding is being requested by a New York lawmaker to help Amsterdam town in Montgomery County repair its age old sewer system which has faced system failure and leaking pipe problems in recent times.

On Thursday, Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, wrote an open letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting him to release emergency funds to "address immediate repairs needed to the sanitary sewer infrastructure along Forest Avenue."

Recently, hundreds of thousands of gallons of semi-treated and untreated sewage spilled into the Mohawk River in two separate events within a month.

Angelo Santabarbara, a Rotterdam Democrat is asking for about $100,000 in state funding for immediate repairs. To fix the system with a long long-term solution will incur expenditure of additional several hundred thousand dollars.

According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the most recent sewage spill took place as a pipe broke on Monday morning. 300,000 gallons of untreated sewage flowed down a creek that drains out into the river some thirty miles northwest of Albany.

A couple of weeks back, 500,000 gallons or more of partly treated sewage spilled into the river due to some equipment failure at a pump station in the city.