Senator Dale M. Volker, Assembly Joseph Errigo & Assemblyman Brian Kolb Secure $1.2 Million For Canandaigua-bristol Joint Water District

William T. Stachowski

March 31, 2006

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew), Assemblyman Joseph Errigo and Assemblyman Brian Kolb today announced that they have secured $1.2 million as part of the Senate and Assembly Budget Agreement for the Canandaigua and Bristol Joint Water District. This joint water district will serve the residents and businesses in some areas within the Towns of Bristol and Canandaigua located in Ontario County. This funding is pending final approval by Governor George E. Pataki.

Certain residents of the Towns of Bristol and Canandaigua suffer from habitual, frequent and persistent loss of private water supplies. Creation of a joint water supply between the two towns to service generally County Road 32 easterly of Bristol Center and the westerly portion of Canandaigua, with Canandaigua providing the critical source of water will provide opportunities for expansion in many directions in both towns.

"Assemblyman Joseph Errigo, Assemblyman Brian Kolb and myself fought very hard for these funds to assist Canandaigua and Bristol to get the ball rolling on this joint water project without financially impacting taxpayers," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "For many of us, we take for granted the availability of a clean, reliable and consistent water supply for our homes and businesses. When the well runs dry, only then do we realize the worth of water, and the Towns of Bristol and Canandaigua have experienced this all too often. It is why I, Assemblyman Errigo and Assemblyman Kolb fought so hard for these state funds, and why the residents of Canandaigua and Bristol can be assured that their water supply will be consistent, safe and secure."

Assemblyman Joseph Errigo said, "This is tremendous news for the residents of both communities and as the budget process moves forward, we will urge the Governor to approve this budgetary appropriation. Water projects are never cheap, and any state financial assistance that municipalities can secure is always welcomed. Not only will these state resources be readily available for use, it will also save taxpayers thousands of dollars in costs associated with this joint water district’s completion."

"Water shortages were particularly harsh in calendar years 2001 and 2002 in this area and long-range forecasting presented no strong prognosis for water table rejuvenation," said Assemblyman Brian Kolb. "Also, sources of water have been randomly tested and critical numbers have been found to be non-potable. This was unacceptable and that is why we all fully understood the importance of securing funds for this joint water project. We will continue to work with Canandaigua and Bristol in order for this project to come to fruition as quickly as possible."