From the Daily News:
Queens' easily overwhelmed sewer system - blamed for devastating floods in 2007 - may be revamped with New York's expected $24.1 billion in federal stimulus funds, a state official says.
At a forum Thursday at York College in Jamaica, a regional director of the state Department of Environmental Conservation twice described local sewers as "a serious problem" that could soon be solved with stimulus cash.
"I wouldn't rule that out," said Suzanne Mattei, whose region covers New York City. "There may be a couple of different places [in the stimulus package] where something like that could fall."
Pressed by Queens News after the forum, Mattei cautioned that the sewers' overdue overhaul rests largely in Mayor Bloomberg's hands. But she seemed heartened that Borough President Helen Marshall supports such a move.
"We've got a very strong ally there," Mattei said. "We support that as an important priority."
Earlier, Marshall noted how "whole basements are destroyed" when the sewers fail - as they infamously did in the summer of 2007, submerging areas like Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows and Woodside.