YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- For decades, thousands of residents in Yorktown have paid sewer taxes, yet were prohibited by law from hooking up to the sewer district.
State Sen. Terrence Murphy, joined by Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace, local officials and residents who have been influential in the effort to bring sanitary sewerage systems to Yorktown, recently announced Yorktown's approval to finally issue new permits in the Hallocks Mill Sewer District.
"Even with many facing failing residential septic systems, the town was for years limited to only emergency hookups," Murphy said. "We're hitting for the cycle on clean water. This year, after passing my Westchester Clean Water Act and earmarking significant funds in the state budget for wastewater treatment and clean water projects, today, the Hallock's Mill Sewer District will be issuing new permits for permanent hookups."
In May, Grace obtained permission to issue a limited number of permits, the first to be issued in 27 years. The new announcement verified that the town has had its State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit amended to allow for permits to continue to be issued in the Hallock's Mill Sewer District.
"More than a decade ago, $10 million was set aside to bring hundreds of homes who pay sewer taxes the services they deserve with a hookup to the town's sewage treatment," Grace said. "Politics, administrative red tape and bureaucracy stymied this effort, but in the past four years, we have made major headway. Now, unsewered homeowners can finally bring sewerage infrastructure to their streets."
"This effort was years in the making during my time as a councilman and would not have been accomplished without the work of some great people like Supervisor Grace, council members Greg Bernard, Tom Diana, my former colleague Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli, 'The Sewer Chick' Cathy D'Amato and many others," Murphy added.
"Residents can begin contacting Town Hall for more information on the hookup process," Diana said. Mary Capoccia, the supervisor's confidential secretary, said.
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