Senator James Seward yesterday joined a bipartisan group of state legislators along with county and town highway superintendents from across the state to call for increased state funding for local highway improvements.
In a letter to Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders, yesterday’s group called for a $150 million increase in funding to the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, which would bring total state aid to $588 million.
They also called for a restoration of the $65 million “Extreme Winter Recovery” allocation slated for elimination in the governor’s 2019-20 budget proposal.
“Quality roads and bridges are indispensable when it comes to improving our economy and making sure the motoring public is safe,” said Senator Seward. “I represent all or part of nine counties and travel our local highways regularly. I know firsthand the hard work our local highway crews perform, and I also recognize that road improvements are needed. While much of the focus at the Capitol has been on problems with the downstate MTA, we cannot overlook the needs of our local roads and bridges. Parity is needed and that means more funding must be directed to upstate needs – starting with our infrastructure.
Local roads and bridges account for 87 percent of the roads, 52 percent of the bridges, and 48 percent of the vehicle mileage logged in New York State.