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WESTFIELD – The village of Westfield wastewater treatment plant will receive more than $2 million in federal funding to perform long overdue improvements, according to a joint statement Monday by Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both D-N.Y..

The funding through the Economic Development Agency is expected to help Chautauqua County’s grape producers and processors, who absorb more than 80 percent of the wastewater treatment costs.

Renovations to the treatment facility are expected to be a job creator and leverage about $400,000 in private investment.

“There is absolutely no doubt that this is a public/private partnership,” said Mike VanDevelde, Westfield’s mayor. “This plant hasn’t had a major upgrade in almost 40 years. Any additional costs would have hurt the ability of the processors to remain competitive.”

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