March 7, 2019
A group of state legislators, organized by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, Corning), yesterday were joined by a statewide coalition of county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders. Palmesano, O’Mara and others called for increased state support for local roads, bridges, and culverts. Over 600 local highway superintendents and highway department employees representing nearly every region of New York State have been in Albany this week as part of the annual “Local Roads Matter” advocacy campaign. According to a statement issued by both Palmesano and O’Mara, this year, they’re calling for increasing state base aid for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) by $150 million to a total of $588 million. They are also seeking the restoration of a $65-million “Extreme Winter Recovery” allocation enacted last year but not included in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2019-2020 state budget.