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Two Bronx River Renovations Slated for Eastchester

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastchester will receive more than $1 million worth of renovations to the flood-plagued Bronx River as part of the $9 million designated by Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino for seven capital projects to address chronic flooding.

"I'm glad for County Executive Astorino's leadership on the issue of chronic flooding that regularly affects thousands of people and costs millions of dollars in damage here in southern Westchester," said County Legislator Sheila Marcotte, who represents Easchester on the County Board. "We can debate and speculate on the causes for the increased instances of flooding we've seen over the years but one thing we can all agree on is that these very practical solutions of clearing out our natural waterways and shoring up our groundwater management systems are important steps to getting the flooding issues under control."

While Tuckahoe did not receive a slice of the capital fund pie, Mayor Steve Ecklond said he remains optimistic.

"Sheila Marcotte has assured us that this is only the beginning of remediation projects for the Bronx River, and our issues in Tuckahoe will not be forgotten," Ecklond said.

There will be two projects that fall within the town of Eastchester, the first on the Eastchester, Scarsdale and Yonkers border. Approximately $1 million will be allocated to re-align and stabilize the riverbanks at Garth Woods.

The second Eastchester project is slated for the Harney Road vicinity, located on the Eastchester and Yonkers border. Stream bank stabilization and channel modification will also take place at that location, but the cost has yet to be determined.

Noting that the project is at the periphery of the town, Eastchester Supervisor Anthony Colavita had no comment on the project.

Marcotte said county officials are still putting together a timetable for when the projects will begin.

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