March 10, 2016
ALBANY, NY – Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R, Pittsford) joined a bipartisan group of state legislators, county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased support for upstate’s local roads, bridges and culverts. The groups convened to advocate for increased state funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, commonly known as CHIPS, by $250 million for a total of $688.1 million in the 2016-2017 State Budget. They’re also seeking the creation of a new, four-year, $600-million “State Aid to Local Bridge and Culvert Program” to undertake locally-designated bridge and culvert improvement projects statewide.
Nojay serves on the Assembly Transportation Committee, says that infrastructure needs more work. “Our roads, bridges and culverts are in a dismal state of disrepair and our communities require the funding that they paid in taxes to go back into their communities,” said Nojay. For years downstate has received the funding that should have been going to Upstate and it is past time to end that practice. During the upcoming budget negotiations I intend to fight for the former policy of one dollar to Upstate and one dollar to Downstate to ensure the safety for our cars, school buses, and commercial vehicles.”
Jeff Williams, New York Farm Bureau Public Policy Director said, “The parity in upstate-downstate road and bridge infrastructure funding remains a priority for farmers across the state. They need access to safe, well-maintained roads and bridges in order to move equipment to farm fields and transport their goods to market. Our rural communities can’t afford to be left by the side of the road when it comes to keeping our state’s infrastructure in good shape.”
March 10, 2016