MALTA — Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco recently announced that the governor has signed into law his legislation designating Round Lake in the town of Malta an inland waterway to help the village and town receive federal and state grant funding for waterfront revitalization and environmental protection efforts.
Tedisco’s bill (S.7657/A.9579A) will allow Round Lake to apply for the state’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and New York state Environmental Protection Fund, which helps local taxpayers by “significantly increasing the community’s ability to attract appropriate development that will take advantage of, but also respect, the unique cultural and natural characteristics of its waterfront.”
Tedisco previously passed similar laws to include Ballston Lake and several waterways in Fulton County in the 49th Senate District to the Inland Waterways program.
“As we celebrate the 150th birthday of the beautiful village of Round Lake, I can’t think of a better birthday present for its taxpayers and our environment than passage of this legislation that I was proud to sponsor in the Senate to add Round Lake to the state’s Inland Waterways designation,” said Tedisco, who is a member of the state Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, in a press release.
“Passage of this bill is a win-win for Round Lake and Malta taxpayers and our environment. It’s a first step toward easing the burden on local taxpayers by enabling Round Lake to apply for more federal and state environmental protection and economic development grant funding that will go towards boosting tourism and safeguarding this environmentally sensitive waterway.”
The bill was sponsored in the Assembly by Democratic Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner of Round Lake.
“I’m very appreciative of the work of both Senator Tedisco and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner. This was a great bipartisan effort,” said Town Supervisor Vincent DeLucia. “I think the lake is in good condition in this time, but we need to go into discussion with the mayor about what we go forward with. Requests for funding would come from Malta but I’d like to collaborate with Round Lake. It’s the right thing to do.”