Tompkins County is among five counties that will receive grants totaling 1-MILLION dollars to combat what Governor Andrew Cuomo calls, man-made climate change.
Each county will use the funding to develop resiliency plans and identify projects while incorporating the principles of smart, sustainable growth and development. The plans funded through the grant will address areas like sea-level rise, storm surge, drought and debris and ice jams.
“With unpredictable weather becoming more and more frequent, we can’t afford to wait for the next storm to happen before working to protect our communities and infrastructure,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help counties across New York develop plans to prepare for future disastrous weather events and protect New Yorkers from some of the unpredictable ramifications of man-made climate change.”
“We’re investing in projects and programs to combat the threat of climate change and ensure communities are prepared for extreme weather events,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This funding for counties in upstate New York will support innovative resiliency plans and ensure the safety of New Yorkers.”
The $1 million, funded through the State Environmental Protection Fund’s Smart Growth Program, will be used by the counties to create a pipeline of projects to protect streams, coasts and critical infrastructure, increasing the flood resiliency of their communities. The grant program builds on the Governor’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Initiative after Superstorm Sandy, which was recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Innovation in Government as a Top Ten innovative program in 2015.
Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson said, “Whether you ‘believe in it’ or not, climate change is already leading to unpredictable, destructive weather events, impacting our farms, cities, homes, and infrastructure. While the federal government continues to ignore its responsibility to address the ever-increasing effects of human-made climate change, New York is accelerating progress toward a more resilient state. With these funds, Governor Cuomo is ensuring that our communities will be protected against damage caused by these unpredictable events.”