- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers representing communities on the Hudson River are proposing that towns and cities team up to manage water quality.

Democratic Assembly members Patricia Fahy of Albany and John McDonald of Cohoes announced a proposal Friday. It would lift caps on water infrastructure grants from $5 million to $15 million if communities submit joint proposals.

Fahy says the incentives have been included in the Assembly’s budget proposal and would encourage municipalities to work together on more than 100 Albany-area spots that send some wastewater into the Hudson River.

The Senate has suggested a $5 billion bond program for water infrastructure, in addition to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $2 billion clean water proposal.

McDonald says the state should focus on grants, rather than bonds, to avoid exceeding its debt limit.

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