Jaffee Announces $1.2 Million for Sparkill Creek

Funding to be used for flood mitigation and infrastructure repair
June 2, 2008
Tappan – This morning, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) announced $1.2 million in state funding to mitigate flooding from the Sparkill Creek in Tappan. The funding will preserve the National Heritage site, protect Tappan’s library, homes, and businesses from the flooding that has plagued the area for years. She was joined by Orangetown Supervisor Thom Kleiner, County Legislator Connie Coker, Orangetown Councilmembers Marie Manning and Mike Maturo, Tom and Carol LaVelle from the Tappantown Historical Society, and Tappan residents.

“In addition to the environmental benefits, the funding will help defray the cost of repair or replacement of the small bridge over the creek on Oak Tree Road that, when waters are high, exacerbates the flooding, as well as protect the Tappan library that is 150 years old and the heart of Tappan’s rich Revolutionary War historic district,” said Assemblywoman Jaffee. “This environmental protection measure will be instrumental in preserving this National Heritage site for generations to come.”

“This $1.2 million – most likely the largest grant ever received by the town from the Assembly – will allow us to alleviate the most serious drainage problem in the historic Tappan downtown, which has adversely affected residents and businesses for years,” said Orangetown Supervisor Thom Kleiner.


Comments by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee
June 2, 2008
Tappan Memorial Park, Tappan, NY


For years, this area has been plagued by flooding that has adversely affected the neighboring homes and businesses, and I’m proud to announce that I’ve been able to secure $1.2 million in state funding to mitigate flooding from the Sparkill Creek, which flows through historic Tappan, Blauvelt State Park, and into the Hudson River.

By slowing the Sparkill Creek’s flood waters, this project will help contain pollution from run-off that, eventually, flows into the Hudson. In addition to the environmental benefits, the funding will help defray the cost of repair or replacement of the small bridge over the creek on Oak Tree Road that, when waters are high, exacerbates the flooding, as well as protect the Tappan library that is 150 years old and the heart of Tappan’s rich Revolutionary War historic district.

This environmental protection measure will be instrumental in preserving this National Heritage site for generations to come.