Friday, October 29, 2010

Aubertine Secures $500,000 for Repairs to Pulaski Retaining Wall

PULASKI, N.Y. — Senator Darrel J. Aubertine announced today that he has secured funding for the Village of Pulaski to be used for emergency assistance in rebuilding and repairing the retaining wall that collapsed earlier this month.

Darrel J. Aubertine The half-million dollar grant is essential to repairing and rebuilding the retaining wall that was destroyed due to the Salmon River flooding in the Village of Pulaski in heavy rains earlier this month. Its collapse poses a serious threat to the sewage and pumping station nearby, which could result in economic and environmental damage down the Salmon River.

“Fishing on the Salmon River is a part of our way of life locally, but it also supports local jobs and serves as an economic engine for Pulaski and neighboring communities,” Darrel said. “The collapse of the retaining wall put the river in danger and threatened jobs. This grant will help the village make critical repairs without placing that burden on the local property taxpayers, protecting local jobs. The mayor and this village have stepped up to meet this challenge and I am glad to have had this opportunity to direct much needed funding to address this issue.”

In the aftermath of the storm, the Senator joined Pulaski Mayor Ernest Wheeler in calling for an emergency declaration for the damage done by the heavy rains.

“I’m very thankful for Sen. Aubertine coming up with this funding. The half a million dollars for the retaining wall will be very useful,” Mayor Wheeler said. “The project is projected at $1.2 million so we are continuing to work toward bringing in more funding, but to get this funding to restore the wall now is fantastic and I thank Darrel very much.”

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