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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Economic Recovery in New York State A Report by the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Cabinet Governor David A. Paterson February 2010 February 17, 2010 marks the one year anniversary of President Obama signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). On February 10, 2009 Governor Paterson created the New York State Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Cabinet to manage the development of State and local infrastructure projects financed through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As noted in our December 4, 2009 “Report on Success in Contracting Recovery Act Funds”, New York is expected to benefit from at least $31 billion in federal funds through the stimulus program. Most of the funding for New York went either directly to individuals or was designed to avoid reductions in state and local government spending. This report will provide an overview of the status of ARRA programs and a detailed update on job creation, job training and spending on infrastructure and energy. The New York State Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Cabinet is pleased to report that to date all State agencies are on track to allocate and contract, before all deadlines, all ARRA funds so far awarded to New York. In addition, we are continuing to compete for additional funds for programs such as broadband and the competitive transportation funds. For more information on the Recovery Act, including lists of projects with specific award amounts, and to see how New York State has performed compared to the rest of the country, visit www.recovery.gov. For information on the Recovery Act in New York State, including detailed program descriptions and project maps, visit www.recovery.ny.gov. ARRA Overview The Statement of Purpose in the ARRA bill: To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery. To assist those most impacted by the recession. To provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health. To invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits. To stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. Overall, the national cost of the provisions included in the legislation is expected to total $789 billion. This includes approximately $463 billion in spending and $326 billion in tax cuts. Of the $463 billion in spending, $374 billion is for programs that directly impact our State. Transparency Unprecedented Transparency The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act calls for a level of transparency that is unprecedented for government. Several measures were taken to not only ensure that Americans knew where their tax dollars were being spent, but also ensure that any fraud or abuse is caught and eliminated. The first step that President Obama took was the creation of the Recovery Board. The goal of the Recovery Board is to provide transparency in the use of recovery-related funds, and to prevent and detect fraud, waste and mismanagement. The board issues quarterly and annual reports to the President, and maintains www.recovery.gov to provide easy access to the public. The second step taken to ensure that transparency and accountability requirements are met are the Inspectors General reviews. The Inspectors General of 28 federal agencies distributing Recovery funds continually review their agencies’ management of these funds. A third and final step taken to ensure transparency was the commissioning of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to perform bi-monthly reviews of the use of Recovery funds by selected states and localities. New York State is one of the 16 states that is reviewed. Every two months, the GAO does a tour of the selected states, including state governments, state agencies and localities, and reports on the status of ARRA in these states. The bimonthly GAO reports can be found at www.recovery.gov/Accountability/Pages/GAOFindings.aspx. Stimulus Oversight Panel New York State chose to take transparency and accountability a step further. The Stimulus Oversight Panel was established by Governor Paterson in July 2009 to ensure that Recovery Act funds are utilized with transparency and accountability. The objective of the oversight panel is to prevent waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement. It also works to ensure benefits are distributed in an equitable, non-discriminatory manner. The panel is headed by the State Inspector General Justice Joseph Fisch, and includes the State’s Medicaid Inspector General James Sheehan, the Inspector General of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Barry Kluger, and State Division of Human Rights Commissioner Galen Kirkland. The panel provides New York State with a coordinated and efficient approach for oversight of ARRA spending. The panel is committed to: Drawing on the strengths of the four existing offices; Making use of all the tools available to them – from prior audits and investigation findings to sophisticated data-mining software; Coordinating with the federal, State and local prosecutors and enforcement agencies on matters that warrant their attention; Ensuring compliance with federal and State civil rights laws preventing discrimination in the use of funds and employment of workers; meeting Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) requirements of the ARRA, and; Making recommendations to the Governor regarding actions that State Agencies should take, based upon previous Inspectors General findings, Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) audits and internal reviews, and federal and state non-discrimination requirements, to eliminate vulnerabilities in the contracting and oversight of ARRA funds. Accountability Internal Control and Fraud Prevention Working Group Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Cabinet established the Internal Control and Fraud Prevention Working Group to provide guidance to agencies in meeting the requirements and the intent of the Recovery Act. This guidance has taken the form of training, internal control best practices, an accountability presence on the Cabinet's web site and quality assurance activities over stimulus reporting. The quality assurance activities have included: Disseminating statewide procedures to assist in the accurate and timely submission of the Section 1512 reports; Promulgating an agency review checklist to provide guidance in preparing for and completing the Section 1512 reports; Identifying 1512 data elements that could be drawn from statewide databases or confirmed through independent sources to improve the consistency and accuracy of reported data; Establishing an agency review and certification process for each agencies' Section 1512 report; Forming a Section 1512 quality assurance team to review the submissions and certifications of the agencies required to report; and Requiring the internal audit functions in all agencies receiving stimulus funds to conduct a 1512 reporting audit and forward their recommendations and corrective action plans to the Governor's office. Reporting Section 1512 of the Recovery Act requires that recipients of federal funding submit quarterly reports on the allocation and contracting of the funds they have received. The reports are detailed, and include information on the recipient spending on sub- recipients and vendors, as well as descriptions of the program(s) and the jobs that were created. In the Recovery Act there is a statute stating that 1512 reports are to be submitted by recipients on www.federalreporting.gov ten days after the end of each quarter. For the 4th quarter, the federal government extended the reporting period by five days, to January 15, 2010, to accommodate the fact the new reporting guidance was issued by the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) just before the holiday season. On January 15th, the President’s Recovery Board allotted an extra week, until January 22nd, for recipients to submit their reports (All reports received after the 15th were marked as late). The number of jobs funded by the Recovery Act was calculated differently for the 4th quarter than it was in the previous quarter ending September 30, 2009. The number of jobs reported in the fourth quarter reflects the Total Hours Worked paid for by ARRA in the 4th Quarter, divided by the Total Number of Hours in a full-time schedule for a quarter. This new equation generates the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) positions funded by Recovery Act dollars during the quarter. It must also be noted that the number of jobs reported for the 4th quarter is NOT cumulative, that is, the jobs reported for this quarter does not also take into account the jobs reported in previous Governor Paterson shakes hands with workers from quarters. Yonkers Contracting Company in Tarrytown after announcing $39 million in stimulus funding to rehabilitate the heavily trafficked Tarrytown Metro- The Office of the State Comptroller provides, for funds included in State appropriations, North Railroad Station. detailed information on agency spending at www.openbooknewyork.com. The website contains a search feature that can access State agency spending and contracts including which companies have received contracts. All data regarding spending is easily accessible and downloadable. New York State will receive at least $31 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Categorical Overview (ARRA) funding, part of $420 billion that will be appropriated to states and other direct recipients over the length of the federal stimulus program. New York continues to apply for some of the of Recovery Act $44 billion in additional funding available through competitive grants, which may increase the final allocation. Funding As determined by Congress, the stimulus funds awarded to New York are distributed through three categories: Infrastructure: New York will receive $3 billion for infrastructure projects, including $2.4 billion for transportation and about $571 million for clean water, drinking water and wastewater projects. Aid to States and Localities: New York will receive $16 billion to support the State and county governments and school districts, including $11.1 billion for Medicaid and about $4.8 billion for education. Aid to Individuals: New Yorkers will receive $6.7 billion in payments to individuals, including $3.9 billion in increased unemployment insurance, $1.3 billion in increased food stamps, $845 million in increased Social Security and Supplemental Security Income payments and $653 million in increased Pell grants to college students. The remaining $5 billion targets a variety of projects, including housing, job training, health, energy and public safety. The full December 4, 2009 report is available at: http://www.recovery.ny.gov/assets/documents/StimCabReport120409.pdf. A breakdown of the total stimulus funds is available at: http://recovery.ny.gov/DirectAid/aidnewyork.htm. New York’s total benefit from the ARRA program exceeds the $31 billion tallied thus far, as the sum does not reflect the federal tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Estimates are not available for the impact on businesses, but individual New Yorkers will benefit from about $9 billion in reduced federal income tax withholding. Also, federal agencies have committed to spend at least $500 million directly in New York State. Estimated Distribution of All Stimulus Funds $2,959,203,000 Estimated Distribution of $5,000,000,000 All Funding These graphs show a distribution of ALL Recovery $6,700,000,000 Act Funds that are expected to flow to New York $16,000,000,000 State. The graph at the top left shows the total amount, $31 billion. The other three graphs show the three major categories of funding: Aid to the Infrastructure Aid to States and Localities Aid to Individuals Other Programs State and localities, Aid to individuals, and Infrastructure. Aid to State and Localities Allocations $100,000,000 $4,800,000,000 $11,100,000,000 Medicaid Education Other Infrastructure Allocations $432,564,000 Aid to Individuals Allocations $86,811,000 $653,000,000 $100,000,000 $3,900,000,000 $1,200,000,000 $1,300,000,000 $1,100,000,000 $8,450,000,000 Mass Transit Highw ays and Bridges Other Infrastructure Unemployment Insurance Food Stamps SSI Pell Drinking Water Clean Water Recovery Act Funded Jobs for the 4th Quarter of 2009 The top graph shows the number and Total State agency reported (Sec. 1512) Jobs, 4th Quarter 2009: 33,704 percentage of jobs funded, by sector, through competitive program grants awarded to State agencies. The majority of the jobs funded were 4th Quarter Non-Education Jobs Funded in Education (see chart below). 116 In categories other than Education, as you can Transportation and see in the graph, funding awarded for Total Jobs: Infrastructure Transportation and Infrastructure was a 2,919 983 Housing and Community leading source of jobs in these 3 months, Development thanks to construction projects awarded across Public Safety the State. Workforce/Job Training also 1267 contributed greatly to job creation. Health Energy Programs with lower job creation, such as Energy, contributed to boosting the economy in 244 different ways. The Energy Efficiency and Clean & Drinking Water 98 154 Conservation Block Grant program helped 33 businesses cut costs by drastically lowering 24 Workforce/Job Training their energy needs. 4th Quarter Education Jobs Funded The bottom chart shows the Education jobs funded by the Recovery Act for the 4th quarter, Award Purpose Jobs Funded broken up by award purpose. Support of Public Education 19,509 **Note: The jobs funded, shown in the Improving Learning for At-risk Students 6,309 graphics on this page, reflect the number of jobs that State Agencies reported to the federal Vocational Rehabilitation 31 government through 1512 reports. The total School Food Service Equipment 22 number of jobs funded in New York State in the 4th quarter, based on the 1512 reports AND Special Education / IDEA 4,292 the recipients that reported directly to the Public Education for Homeless Children 8 federal government, is 42,842 (available on www.recovery.gov). Support of Education 614 Total: 30,785 As noted, a large portion of the stimulus funds were paid directly to individuals Payments to Individuals through a variety of programs and through reduced payroll taxes. These funds were not reported in the Section 1512 reports submitted by the State agencies. Unemployment Insurance Compensation Through the end of 2009 the State Department of Labor received and paid out $2.46 billion in ARRA extended unemployment compensation and extended benefits to 414,300 of New York State’s unemployed. Further, another ARRA provision provided an additional $25 in weekly compensation to all UI recipients. For New York, $626.5 million has been received and paid to more than 1.1 million of our states unemployed. Thus in total, New Yorkers have received $3.08 billion in added unemployment benefits thanks to the stimulus bill. Food Stamps From April 2009 through December 2009, more than $441.8 million in increased food stamp benefits have come to New Yorkers as a result of the ARRA benefit Pictured above, Governor Paterson, accompanied by legislative increase. leaders, signs an ARRA funded Unemployment Insurance extension in May 2009. An additional extension was passed in November 2009. Summer Youth The lack of employment opportunities for young workers, particularly those living in inner city and rural areas, has significant short-term and long-term consequences. Employment In the short-term, younger workers are not able to earn money needed for school supplies, clothing, and to help support their families. The long-term impacts are even more troubling. Research over the past 15 years has shown over and over that the number one predictor of future success in the workforce is early exposure to work experience. Young people who have an opportunity to gain work experience as teens are more likely to stay in school, avoid involvement in crime, gang behavior and drugs, and avoid unwanted pregnancies. As teen labor force participation hit record lows early in 2009 – fewer than 30% of teens nationally were employed – future opportunities for an entire generation of low- income youth were put at risk. Recognizing the importance of summer jobs for youth, Congress included in ARRA $1.2 billion in Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth funding dedicated to providing an expanded Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in the summer of 2009. The New York State Department of Labor worked with the local workforce investment system to prepare for a major expansion of SYEP. The timeframe for ramping up a large-scale summer jobs program was challenging, given that funds did not become available until March of 2009 and the program start date was May 1. To the credit of the 33 local workforce investment areas and New York State Department of Labor, successful summer youth employment programs were run in every part of the State. New York State was awarded $61 Million in ARRA WIA Youth funds to create additional summer job opportunities for young people. This enabled local workforce areas in New York to provide more than 24,000 Summer Youth Employment Program jobs in 2009. A report on the program is available at: http://www.recovery.ny.gov/2009SummerYouthEmploymentProgram.htm. The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) received $169 million in Workers Investment Act Job Training (WIA) ARRA funding, of which $152 million has been obligated. There were 40,060 participants in training at the local level during the period from May through the end of December. The Department of Labor has awarded State level ARRA funds to assist individuals in obtaining employment. *For NYSDOL ARRA These initiatives will train approximately 5,200 participants. A breakdown of the funding can be seen on the highlights, follow this link: graph below. http://www.recovery.ny.go v/assets/documents/NYSD Individual Training Account (ITA) and OLARRAHighlights.pdf. On-the-Job Training (OJT) Initiatives are expected to commence in the next 30 to 60 days. Approximately $1.5 million in ARRA funding will be made available to NYSDOL State Level Employment Assistance ($ in millions) eligible Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIAs) to support ITA training for eligible Dislocated Workers. An $0.5 Emerging and Transistio nal additional $1.5 million in ARRA funding $0.5 Worker P ro gram will be made available for on the job training contracts to eligible small $3.4 Disco nnected Yo uth P ro gram businesses (defined as businesses with at least four employees, and not more $7.5 P arks and Recreatio n M OU than 100 employees, on a full-time basis) operating in New York State. Office of A lco hol and Substance Additionally the Department of Labor issued a $5.7 million in a supplemental A buse M OU $5.0 distribution to the LWIAs based on Office of M ental Health M OU meeting expenditure levels as of June 3, 2009. This distribution was intended to ensure continuity of services in the LWIAs. New York State was awarded $86.7 million in ARRA Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funds. The State has executed 52 contracts representing 99% of the funds that were distributed to CSBG grantees across the state. The funds help to create and develop jobs that promote economic recovery across the State, as well as support CSBG anti-poverty programs that address education, housing, nutrition, emergency services, and health issues and advise on the use of available income. For example, in the city of Troy, Recovery Act funding supported a two-year YouthBuild program that is providing approximately 72 students with GED instruction, job readiness training, construction and leadership skills. The students are building three green-certified houses over the same time period. The homes will then be sold at an affordable price to low-moderate income families. Highways and Bridges Transportation New York State received $1.12 billion for highway and bridge projects. The Governor has certified and the federal government has approved 444 projects encompassing the full $1.12 billion in funding allocated to New Overview York. By December 31st, 100 percent of the funds were obligated, well before the March 2, 2010 deadline. By this spring, 98 percent of the funds will be in the construction phase, and 100 percent by this summer. As of January 1, 2010, 94 percent of the certified projects, representing 96 percent of ARRA funds, have had bid openings, and all them will be in the construction phase in February. Approximately 70 percent of all certified projects, accounting for 60 percent of total ARRA funding, are in the construction phase. 17 percent of the *For a detailed look at ARRA projects have been completed with expenditures totaling $184 million dollars. highway and bridge funding in New York State, including New York State used a process to assure that highways funds would be allocated to meet local needs. Priority project descriptions, was given to projects in economically distressed areas (EDAs) and to disadvantaged business enterprises accomplishments, and (DBEs). The New York State Department of Transportation is spending 151 percent more Recovery Act dollars performance metrics, visit per person in EDAs than in non-EDAs. Fifty percent of the projects have DBE goals, with another 35 percent the New York State considered good candidate projects for DBE firms to bid as the prime contractor. Department of Transportation Recovery Local Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), comprised of local government officials and transportation website, representatives, selected many of the projects that were ultimately certified, with a total of 80 percent of the www.nysdot.gov/recovery. State’s total ARRA highway funds being directed to projects prioritized and chosen by community leaders. High Speed Rail On January 28th, New York was 4th Quarter Highway Infrastructure Investment Projects Under Construction successful in securing $151 million in 320 competitive high-speed passenger rail 309 funds for projects in the northern and 310 299 western regions of the State. The 300 funds will be used to eliminate 288 bottlenecks, modernize stations and # of Projects 290 improve passenger service both from 280 Albany to Niagara Falls and from Albany 270 to northern New York and Montreal. In 258 our application the State argued, and 260 the Federal Rail Administration 250 concurred by its granting the award, that improving intercity passenger rail 240 service is critical to the economic 230 recovery and development of these By 9/30/09 By 10/31/09 By 11/30/09 By 12/31/09 communities. Governor Paterson has directed the State Department of Date Transportation to expedite the projects. Below, the top chart shows the Highway Infrastructure Investment Funding by project phase. The Highways and graph on the bottom shows the Highway Infrastructure Investment by area. Both contain data as of Bridges December 31, 2009. Results Highway Infrastructure Investment Projects by Phase Completed 79 Under Construction 317 Project Phase Aw arded (contractor selected) 320 Let (bids opened) 415 Authorized (out to bid) 444 Ceritified (by Governor) 444 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 Number Highway Infrastructure Investment by Area ($ in millions) $37 , 3% $86 , 7% Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation $368 , 32% $87 , 7% Highw ay Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Highw ay Repair $99 , 8% Bridge Repair Safety $225 , 19% Mobility, Reliability, Smart Grow th $288 , 24% Other The New York State Department of Health received $86,811,000 in a supplemental 2009 Capitalization Drinking Water Grant for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) through the ARRA. The ARRA funds have been allocated to 30 projects. When including the regular DWSRF monies used to supplement these ARRA projects and the normal leveraging that the program uses, the total construction contract value for the 30 ARRA projects is $141,904,688. The 30 projects that will receive ARRA funds include the upgrade or construction of new water treatment plants, water distribution systems, meters, storage tanks and projects that are considered green. $6.2 million of the total ARRA funding has been committed to the Green Innovative Grants Program and it will fund 14 of the 30 projects. As of February 12, 2010, all of the ARRA dollars available for projects will have been committed to 30 projects through formal assistance agreements. To date $15.6 million of ARRA funds have been disbursed to 11 of the 30 projects for project related costs. Note: There is a requirement that 20 percent of the ARRA funds be used for green projects. NYSDOH has already exceeded that requirement and approximately 36% of the ARRA funds will be committed to green infrastructure projects. Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, Funds Certified in the 4th Quarter $4,780,000 Hudson Valley $3,200,000 $21,024,751 Western New York $11,700,097 *For a detailed look at the Central New York DWSRF and CWSRF programs, including updated project lists Capital Region and descriptions, visit the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Recovery Southern Tier website, $7,659,811 www.nysefc.org/home/index.a $17,098,375 sp/page=590. North Country New York State received $432 million (administered by the Environmental Facilities Corporation), Clean Water the largest grant in E.P.A. history, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF); 100% of these funds are allocated. In April 2009, Governor Paterson was joined by E.P.A. Administrator Lisa Jackson to announce these funds. Since then, the Governor's office has approved and certified all CWSRF ARRA projects. The EFC is set to successfully meet the February 17th, 2010 ARRA allocation/contract deadline. The Corporation selected 44 conventional wastewater projects, of which 27 are currently under construction. These projects range from the construction of new wastewater treatment facilities to the replacement of antiquated collection systems, all of which substantially improve the water quality of neighboring streams, lakes, rivers, and estuaries. Clean Water State Revolving Fund Projects Certified in the 4th Quarter Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg, and DEC 33 35 Commissioner Pete Grannis announced $220 27 28 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment 30 25 # of Projects Act funding for the City of New York at the 25 Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Brooklyn. The projects fund innovative, 20 sustainable clean water infrastructure throughout 15 the City, ranging from measures to reduce flooding in Cambria Heights and Far Rockaway in 10 Queens, to a wetland restoration project and the 5 creation of an ecology park in Paerdegat Basin, Brooklyn. 0 By September 30 By October 31 By November 30 By December 31 Note: Graph Data as of December 31, 2009. Date As mandated by ARRA, $86.5 million of these (CWSRF) stimulus funds were set aside for the Green Project Reserve (GPR) to finance water quality projects that employ energy efficiency, water conservation, “green” infrastructure, or environmentally-innovative technologies. Of the total of $86.5 million for green projects, $35 million was set aside to create the new Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP), which solicited from communities’ projects that were totally dedicated to building innovative “green” infrastructure. A total of 35 GIGP projects were selected, of which 15 are currently under construction. The remaining $51 million was distributed amongst the 44 selected ARRA CWSRF projects to add “green” components and/or processes to these conventional wastewater projects, for example, adding solar panels, natural treatment processes, or bio-gas collection energy generation to wastewater treatment facilities. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was awarded more than $448 million in Department of appropriations from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. $432 million was appropriated for water quality projects; $4.37 million was awarded for Water Quality Management; $9.21million was awarded for Environmental leaking underground storage tanks; $1.73 million was awarded for retrofitting buses; $0.763 million was awarded for Wildland Fire Management. Conservation Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF): The NYS CWSRF received additional appropriation of $432 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) administers the CWSRF on behalf of the Department. The CWSRF has been providing financing for water quality projects in New York State for 20 years. Water Quality Management 604b Program: The grant award is for $4,369,100, of which 40% ($1,747,640) must be passed through to local regional planning boards and interstate organizations. *For a detailed look at all of This is a Water Quality Management Planning grant awarded under Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act. these programs, follow this link: Funding is based on 1% of the CWSRF funding allocation. The focus of these funds is on developing of green www.recovery.ny.gov/resource infrastructure plans for watersheds and water conservation for the State of New York. s/DEC_OSIG_Briefing_Documen t_2.5.2010.pdf. Leaking Underground Storage Tanks: This award provides $9,212,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds to supplement the Department's efforts to assess and clean up petroleum releases from leaking underground storage tanks (LUST) sites in the New York State. The overall purpose is to clean up contaminated LUST sites effectively, maximize job creation and provide economic benefits. DEC ARRA Appropriations Retrofits of State Owned Buses: The grant award is Retrofits of ($ in millions) $1,730,000. Of this amount, $1,470,500 is passed through to State Owned four upstate transit authorities for the reimbursement of diesel Bus es, $1.73 retrofit costs via NYS State Assistance Contracts. The balance Wildland Fire of the award is retained by the Department for administrative Management, costs. The Department provides reimbursement of 75% of each $0.76 Clean Water retrofit installation cost under this program. The authorities State Revolving fund the remaining 25% as matching funds. Only EPA verified Leaking Fund (CWSRF), retrofits meeting CARB Level 3 requirements are eligible for Underground $432 reimbursement. The general purpose of the grant is to reduce Storage Tanks, $9.21 diesel emissions and improve air quality. Water Quality Wildland Fire Management: A $763,000 Wildland Fire Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Management (WFM) grant was awarded by the USDA Forest Management Water Quality Management 604b Program 604b Program, Service. This WFM project is a State and Private award Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (program of work delivered through Federal Financial Assistance $4.37 Retrofits of State Owned Buses Agreement with specific project decisions to be made by State Wildland Fire Management and Tribal partners) under the project category of Forest Health and Invasive Species Protection. Housing and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) The Recovery Act contained $100 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for New York Community State. A large majority of the total was delivered directly to localities. The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) administered more than $13 million in CDBG funds, and used Development them to fund 17 public health and safety projects, such as water treatment plants, across the State. Tax Credit Assistance Program Governor Paterson played a key role in urging the federal government to allocate ARRA funds for the Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP), which helps jump start projects that had been stalled by the effects of the economic downturn. DHCR is distributing the funds in Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Funding by conjunction with the New York State Housing Finance Region (as of December 2009, in millions of $) Agency and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. New York has awarded $11 , 6% $29 , 15% Western New York all of the $253 million in TCAP funds provided in ARRA. As a result, 47 stalled affordable housing developments Central New York will be saved (construction has begun and 26), 4,527 units of affordable housing will be created or $15 , 8% Southern Tier rehabilitated, and $1 billion in direct economic activity will be generated (total development costs). Capital Region $11 , 6% As of the release of this report, New York State leads all North Country other states in disbursing TCAP funds. According to the Hudson Valley federal Department of Housing and Urban Development $13 , 7% (HUD), New York has already disbursed more than $20 $92 , 47% New York City million in TCAP funds, and expects to finance more $7 , 4% affordable housing units with TCAP than any other state. Long Island HUD also reported that New York has exceeded required $14 , 7% TCAP commitment levels. As of February 7, 84% of the State’s funds had been committed, exceeding the requirement of 75% by February 17, 2010. Weatherization New York State will administer $394 million in Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds under ARRA. Contract agreements with some grantees were delayed due to new program requirements created for ARRA funds, such as prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act. Prevailing wage classifications for WAP workers were established by US Department of Labor in September. Initially, funds were allocated to 67 sub-grantees, all of whom now have signed contracts. In December, $60 million was awarded to 12 additional sub-grantees for work on multifamily housing. A total of $51.9 million has been expended. Additionally, all funds must be under contract by September 30, 2010. After the contracts have been signed with the sub-grantees, any remaining funds will go for training centers with the colleges, training and technical assistance, and administration. State Energy Plan Energy A total of $123 million in State Energy Plan (SEP) funding was awarded to New York State by the US Department of Energy. To date, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded projects representing approximately $61 million and is in the process of executing 318 contracts for these funds. Requests for Proposal (RFP) have been issued and awards for an additional $54 million are pending. An announcement of projects is expected in February. All SEP ARRA funds must be expended by April 2012. *For a more detailed look Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant at ARRA Energy funding in A total of $29 million in Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding was awarded to New York State, including New York State by the US Department of Energy. NYSERDA has issued an RFP for $24 million of the new updates and program available funds with proposals due on February 17, 2010. Project selection and contract awards are descriptions, visit the expected by April 1, 2010. NYSERDA Economic Recovery website, Appliance Rebate Program www.nyserda.org/economic New York State will be making these funds available through an appliance rebate program to be held in recovery. February. $18 million will be provided over the following months as consumers cash in rebates. Note: The graph to the right shows the regional distribution of ARRA Energy Regional Distribution of ARRA Energy Funds Funds. Not included in the totals on the graph are $123 million in State $10,643,800 $5,733,142 Western New York Energy Plan (SEP) funding, $31,408,783 which was awarded to $49,500,880 Central New York NYSERDA but distributed across all regions. Also not Southern Tier included in the graph are $394 million in $90,638,557 Capital Region Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds, Hudson Valley which were awarded to the $289,008,084 State, but are distributed New York City $25,183,045 across all regions. Weatherization funding is Long Island shown on the Housing and Community Development page. Core ARRA Funding (Urbanized Area Formula Section 5307 and Fixed Guideway Modernization Metropolitan Sections 5309 Funding): The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has been allocated $1.075 billion in core ARRA funding by the federal government. The funding from ARRA roughly doubled the amount of Transportation funding the MTA receives per federal fiscal year in Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula and Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization allocations. ARRA funds have allowed the MTA to progress significant projects Authority for New York City Transit (NYCT), Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North Railroad (MNR) that would not have been otherwise completed. The projects that the MTA is building with ARRA funding include two NYCT projects to rehabilitate 12 passenger stations on the West End Line in Brooklyn, an LIRR project to do structural rehabilitation of the Atlantic Avenue Viaduct and an MNR project to rehabilitate the Tarrytown Train Station. Other projects, throughout the MTA's service area, are also being funded. A total of $915 million has been received for projects in approved grants, most of which ($886 million) has been awarded to contractors, with the remaining $29 million to be awarded within the first quarter 2010. Grant approval is expected shortly to obligate the remaining $160 million in ARRA funds to permit the award of the contracts that will complete the Fulton Street Transit Center. All the core projects awarded will meet the established MTA Appropriations and Grants ($ in millions) time frames. The MTA has far exceeded the requirement that 50 percent of funds be awarded by Aug 31, 2009. The remaining balance will be awarded $274 , 20% by September 2010. New Starts (Section 5309): These funds are separate from the core allocations, as they are to fund $29 , 2% new major transit capital projects eligible under the discretionary Section 5309 New Starts/Small Starts program. By March 1, the MTA will have awarded $274 $160 , 12% million in ARRA New Starts funding. These funds will be allocated to work which has already commenced. The $886 , 66% MTA has devoted $195 million to the New York-LIRR East Side Access project and another $79 million to the Second Avenue Subway Phase 1 project. This is an acceleration of funding the MTA is due to receive under the Full Funding Grant Agreements it has with the Fixed Guideway Modernization & Urbanized Area Formula Aw arded Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The MTA will Fixed Guideway Modernization & Urbanized Area Formula To Be Aw arded meet the statutory deadline to expend all of these funds Formula Funds Allocated to Fulton Street Transit Center by May 1st, which is ten days ahead of the FTA’s May New Starts ($195 M East Side Access | $79 M 2nd Ave Subway) 11, 2010 deadline. This report, as well as further information about the Recovery Act in New York State, is available online at www.recovery.ny.gov.