Paulin’s Effort Leads to Flood Remediation Grant for New Rochelle, Scarsdale and Eastchester

Scarsdale – Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-88) is pleased to announce that she has secured $1 million through the New York State and Municipalities Facilities (SAM) Program to assist with the Hutchinson River flood remediation.

The project, which will be undertaken by the Village of Scarsdale, the Town of Eastchester and the City of New Rochelle, will improve a stretch of the Hutchinson River to mitigate flooding, improve bank stabilization and remove years’ worth of overgrowth and impediments. The City of New Rochelle will be administering the grant. At least 133 properties in the three municipalities are affected by Hutchinson River floodwaters. There is currently no timetable for when the project will be completed.

“Flooding has been a chronic issue in these three communities” Paulin said. “This project will make a big difference in the lives of my constituents who have been impacted by repeated flooding. I am proud that I was able to secure funding for this essential infrastructure project.”

Paulin toured the Hutchinson River shoreline in November with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to demonstrate the acute need. Scarsdale Village Mayor Jonathan Mark and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson joined them.

“I would also like to thank Speaker Heastie for taking the time to tour my District in November. He saw first- hand how flooding effects our municipalities and he was essential to securing these funds,” Paulin said.

The officials who toured the area with Paulin and Heastie were also pleased with the grant and appreciative of Paulin’s effort.

“Addressing severe flood conditions around the Hutchinson River has been an important inter-municipal priority for years, but solving the problem is both costly and complex,” Bramson said. “Now, thanks to Assemblywoman Paulin’s effective advocacy, we have a much better chance to make improvements and provide residents of the affected neighborhoods with long-awaited relief.”

"The Village of Scarsdale is very pleased with the announcement of a $1 million grant from New York State for the Hutchinson River Flood Mitigation/Water Quality Project,” Mark said. “This multi-jurisdictional project between the City of New Rochelle, Town of Eastchester and Village of Scarsdale, will replace and enlarge four culverts along the Hutchinson River and clean, de-silt and shore the banks of approximately one mile of the Hutchinson River bed. These improvements will remove pollutants from entering the downstream receiving waters while facilitating the storage and flow of water mitigating long standing flooding on public and private property. We thank our Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for the time and effort in understanding the importance of this project and for securing the grant funding."