NYS legislators call for more funding for local roads, highways
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- State legislators and local leaders are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to increase aid and resources in local roads and bridges.
New York State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined a statewide coalition of county and highway superintendents in Albany on Wednesday. It's part of the annual "Local Roads Matter" advocacy campaign, which runs all week long.
This year the group is calling for increasing state base aid for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, otherwise known as "CHIPS" by $150 million, making the total available funding $588 million.
"This is about safety. How many of us put our kids on a school bus every morning going over a local road or bridge? How many of us are calling first responders police or ambulance for an emergency? We can't be reacting to a tragedy. We need to be proactive with this fight," says Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.
The group is also seeking the restoration of a $65 million "Extreme Winter Recovery" allocation enacted last year, but the funding was not included in Cuomo's proposed 2019-2020 state budget.