Town of Liberty Receives Funding for Water System Improvements

$745,299 grant from New York State is the largest awarded in Sullivan County 

LIBERTY, N.Y. (December 13, 2016) – The Town of Liberty has been awarded a $745,299 grant from New York State for water system improvements in the White Sulphur Springs District. The grant was the largest awarded in Sullivan County, which received six awards totaling $1.9 million in all. The funding was announced on December 8 at a ceremony in Albany.

The grant will fund the replacement of 1,665 linear feet of existing asbestos cement pipes in the district’s aging water system. The current pipes are deteriorating, creating a risk of asbestos fibers being introduced into the water system. In addition, the current system isn’t an adequate source for fire protection so water has to be trucked to fire sites, creating a threat to public safety.

“Receiving this grant is amazing news for our town,” said Liberty Town Supervisor Charlie Barbuti. “We can now provide better infrastructure for the community without increasing costs for taxpayers. This happened by good people doing hard work.”

Mark Blauer of Blauer Consulting was the grant writer for the project. Barbuti said Blauer was “instrumental” in the town receiving the award and called him “the Babe Ruth of grant writing.”

Liberty has been successful in acquiring a Regional Council Award in 8 out of the last 9 years. Almost $5 million in economic development funds from the state has been contributed to the town over that timeframe.

For more information, call 845-292-7690 or visit the Town of Liberty’s website:

About Liberty, N.Y.

Located at the crossroads of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley region, Liberty is just 90 minutes from New York City. Known for its top notch trails and parks, Liberty is an ideal weekend getaway. Nationally recognized for its award winning school district, those who visit choose to stay. And with its business-friendly climate and strategic location, Liberty is an ideal place to do business. Liberty, New York: live here, play here and do business here!