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Environmental Groups Urge NY To Invest In Water, Sewer

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New York state is again the beneficiary of billions of dollars in financial settlement money and environmental groups say a good chunk of it should go toward the state's aging water and sewer systems.

Environmental Advocates of New York, the Adirondack Council and several other environmental groups launched a campaign Tuesday to urge leaders in Albany to devote at least $800 million next year toward the cost of repairing and upgrading the state's water infrastructure.

They say the state is sitting on $2 billion in unbudgeted settlement funds that could help address the problem.

Estimates are that New York will need to spend nearly $80 billion over the next 20 years to maintain its drinking water and sewer systems.

Lawmakers will begin work on the state's new budget next month.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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