What Governor Cuomo, Matthew J. Driscoll, and Joe Martins Say About New York's HELP Program

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Water_Splash_GwadaTo create this $25 million emergency fund, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) is utilizing funds within the state Drinking Water and Clean Water Revolving Funds (SRFs). The SRFs traditionally provide short- and long-term financing of major improvements to water and sewer systems in New York.  

"HELP loans will provide expedited assistance to municipalities that are coping with serious damage to their drinking water and wastewater treatment systems," Governor Cuomo said. "These loans will be a lifeline to communities who are working so hard to recover from these devastating storms."  

EFC's Board of Directors approved the emergency loan program at a meeting this week. The proposal has been forwarded to the Public Authorities Control Board for final approval. The PACB is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Sept. 21.  

"DEC organized engineers from DEC, EFC, the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies to perform site inspections that will qualify a municipality for both a HELP loan and FEMA assistance," said EFC President and CEO Matthew J. Driscoll. Driscoll is co-chairman of the Governor's Upstate Storm and Flooding Recovery Task Force.   "These emergency loans will allow for expedited repairs to the affected wastewater treatment facilities," said Joe Martens, DEC Commissioner and Chair of EFC's Board of Directors. "The sooner repairs can be made the sooner drinking water can be fully protected and harm to the environment can be minimized."   

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