Release funding to promote clean water
While some of us were enjoying a cup of coffee on Sunday morning Sept. 20, many in Schenectady were without clean water. The culprit? A water main break that resulted in road closures and residents having little to no running water.
I wish I could say that what happened in Schenectady is uncommon, but it isn’t.
New York has some of the oldest water infrastructure in the country, resulting in pipes breaking at an alarming frequency. The state estimated that it would cost upwards of $80 billion to fix New York’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
There’s a solution: New York has a grant program, the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, that helps local governments update, repair and replace their crumbling infrastructure. Communities across the state have received this critical grant funding since 2015, and others are lined up with shovel-ready projects.
Earlier this year, state leaders earmarked $500 million in new clean water infrastructure funding; six months later, however, the state has yet to release these much-needed funds.
Clean water has always been important, but is more so now as New Yorkers need to wash their hands to fend off COVID-19. Water infrastructure funding is not only a matter of public health, but also helps us rebuild our economy. Every dollar spent on water infrastructure yields good-paying jobs and contributes to our economic vitality.
We urge Gov. Cuomo to release these essential infrastructure funds, so we can get more New Yorkers back to work with access to clean, running water.
The writer is the senior director for Clean Water at Environmental Advocates NY.
Address issues that matter to 50-plus
With so much at stake, the 2020 election year will be historic. These are challenging times, especially for New Yorkers over age 50. Our health and financial security are at risk. We must protect ourselves this election.
If congressional and presidential candidates want older voters to support them, they must address the issues that matter most to you and me. That would include laying out their plans for protecting Medicare and Social Security, lowering prescription drug prices, and ensuring safe and affordable long-term care.
Any politician who fails to address the health and financial security of 50-plus voters, especially during this pandemic, is out of touch. If a candidate wants to win, they must listen to older voters and address our needs and concerns.
AARP New York has been fighting to protect 50-plus voters, working diligently with local election officials to ensure all New Yorkers can vote safely. Anyone with questions on voting from home, voting early, or voting safely on Election Day can find more information at aarp.org/NYvotes.
Act soon to protect your right to vote, whether by mail, in-person early, or in-person on Election Day.
Support candidates who support life
An Aug. 23 column (“Single issue no longer defines Catholic political considerations”) by John Gehring, who is the Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life Action, states that pro-life no longer defines Catholics. His political agenda is to change Catholic doctrine and get a liberal Catholic president elected who is pro-abortion or pro-choice, however you want to say it.
Real Catholics are pro-life from cradle to grave. That is God’s law. It does not change. Abortion and euthanasia are killing the innocents.
All lives matter – Black, white, young, old, everyone. Vote to save lives, not destroy them.
Thomas J. Amedore
Controversial cartoon was appropriate
I believe that the Aug. 31 cartoon by Chris Britt which has been so heavily criticized made a valid point, and I thank The Daily Gazette for publishing it. Freedom of the Press forever!
Joyce M. Cockerham
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