Pleasantville gets $200,000 flood grant from Harckham

Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer, left, with State Senator Peter Harckham on Hopper Street. Harckham awarded a state grant of $200,000 to be used to help alleviate a flooding problem for street residents.

State Sen. Peter Harckham (D-Lewisoboro) last week announced a $200,000 state grant to the village of Pleasantville for road rehabilitation on Hopper Street, which has long been plagued by flooding from the nearby Saw Mill River.

Located between Marble Avenue and the Saw Mill River Parkway, Hopper Street is a flood-prone cul-de-sac due to its elevation and location.

To address flooding issues, the Village will initiate a major milling, repaving and regrading project on Hopper Street so that runoff from the area will be diverted to drainage infrastructure that will be constructed at the end of the pavement.

Harckham said he was happy to support Pleasantville and lend a hand to help solve a persistent flooding problem.

“The relief of a good portion of the project costs, which would otherwise be borne by local ratepayers, is also a shared benefit, especially in tough economic times,” Harckham said.

Currently, Hopper Street does not have the proper drainage system or the proper grade to prevent flooding or drain stormwater from the area efficiently and quickly.

To help mitigate flooding, stormwater will be directed to two new sumps on the street. Work included in the project will require site preparation, demolition of some utilities and tree removal, milling and paving, construction of new curb and landscaping.

“Communities like Pleasantville directly face the challenges caused by climate change and related extreme weather events, including increased flooding, so it makes perfect sense to make our infrastructure – roads, bridges and drainage systems – more resilient. “Scherer said. “This state grant will help ensure that we are better prepared for the flooding issues we face today and will face in the future.

The grant awarded was obtained through the State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) program, which is part of the grant programs administered by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) to support community development and economical.

Harckham has provided more than $5 million in state grants to municipalities and nonprofits in his district in the past year, including $200,000 for new civic space in Pleasantville and $50,000 for the Pleasantville Fire Department to purchase a utility vehicle.

“A capital project like the repaving of Hopper Street in Pleasantville is not only important for maintaining the infrastructure of the village,” said County Legislator Margaret Cunzio (C-Mount Pleasant). “But in this case, it will also improve the quality of life for these residents and help solve the constant flooding problems that have arisen. Senator Harckham has been an advocate for Pleasantville, and working with him on this issue, as well as many others, is rewarding. It’s an example of working together to make government more efficient and responsive to our residents and small business owners.

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