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Miner Meets with Katko to Discuss Syracuse Infrastructure


By Staff


mayor_miner01Mayor Stephanie Miner met with U.S. Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus, in Washington, D.C., March 17 to discuss the importance of funding water infrastructure, according to a city press release.

The meeting, which took place in Katko’s office, was the latest in a series of efforts by Miner to meet with federal leaders in seeking assistance to address Syracuse’s infrastructure needs.

Reportedly, the city had more than 100 water main breaks in the first two months of 2015.

“It is important we have partners on the federal level as we look to discuss ways to build a twenty-first century infrastructure for cities,” said Miner. “Syracusans need and deserve clean water delivered into their homes and businesses reliably and affordably. This is an issue of importance to our entire community, and we must have support on all levels.”

Following the meeting, Katko released the following statement regarding the matter:

“The mayor and I had a productive meeting, and I understand her goals and the need to modernize and repair our water and sewer lines in the city of Syracuse. As the city seeks federal assistance and identifies avenues for funding, I stand ready to support efforts for stronger city infrastructure on the federal level.”

According to the press release, Syracuse is home to 550 miles of water mains and uses an entirely gravity fed system which draws water from Skaneateles Lake. In addition, due to the high quality of water from the lake, the city of Syracuse is one of the few municipalities in the United States and one of only two in the state of New York which has a filtration waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency, officials said.

Miner also visited U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, to discuss federal opportunities for infrastructure financing earlier this year.