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NY needs $29.7B in sewer, water work

ALBANY — A federal study shows New York needs $29.7 billion in essential upgrades to long overlooked water and sewer systems nationwide over the next 20 years.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is set to announce a bill that would provide federal funding nationwide for what he calls critical repairs.

He says Wednesday that 35,000 to 50,000 jobs are expected to be created for every $1 billion spent.

Upstate communities need $7.2 billion and downstate needs $22.5 billion in upgrades over the next 20 years.

The federal help would meet a need municipal officials have long said is a growing and costly concern, especially in Northeastern states like New York with systems built starting more than a century ago.

Schumer says that without federal funds, the cost will be borne by local taxpayers.