State grants Mount Vernon $6 million to fund priority sewer projects, long-term planning

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MOUNT VERNON – The Mount Vernon City Council has approved $6 million in state-funded contracts that allow for critical work to move forward in addressing the city’s decaying water and wastewater infrastructure. 

The contracts are the first approved under the state’s historic $150 million investment to address the city’s longstanding water and wastewater infrastructure issues and related public health challenges.

“For decades, inferior infrastructure and housing have negatively influenced learning outcomes and lifetime earning potential in communities of color and Mount Vernon is no different,” said Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard. “This landmark investment from the state will allow the city to secure the expertise necessary to jumpstart capital projects alongside our Public Works staff to improve the long-term wealth and welfare of all Mount Vernon residents.” 

The contracts are funded by State grants through the State Environmental Facilities Corporation in partnership with the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health.