Legislation designating several area creeks as inland waterways has been signed by Governor Cuomo.

The legislation was sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon.

It designates the Ferguson, Moyer, Mud, Ninemile, Oriskany, Reall, Sauquoit, Six Mile and Wood Creeks as "inland waterways."

The designation provides local governments with the opportunity to access the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and to apply for funding for flood mitigation and economic development.

Deputy Minority Leader Griffo said, "I am pleased that the Governor has signed this legislation into law and am appreciative of the efforts of my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly who successfully advocated for this bill.  We are fortunate to have such strong partnerships among Mohawk Valley legislators who can come together in a bipartisan manner to address an issue affecting many in our communities."

Buttenschon said, "I’m thankful that the governor has signed this bill and that the Senate and Assembly have been able to work together on getting this vital piece of legislation signed into law. Mohawk Valley towns and villages along our creeks will progress positively through boosting local economies and new opportunities because of the access to funding for redevelopment, new recreational activities and conservation efforts to safeguard our environment."