O’Mara and Palmesano Come Through With CHIPS Funding

April 27, 2017

ALBANY, NY – State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano are announcing that Hornell will receive over $330,000 in CHIPS, or Consolidated Highway Improvement funding, from this year’s budget. O’Mara also noted that Steuben County all together, will get over $6,000,000 in CHIPS funding. In a joint statement, O’Mara and Palmesano said, “We’ve been working hard on this, session after session, since 2013 and it remains extremely gratifying that this year’s state budget continues to take the kind of action that’s absolutely needed for local transportation infrastructure. After five years, beginning in 2008, when state support for local roads and bridges remained stagnant, the state’s recognition over the past several years of the importance of CHIPS and parity in statewide transportation funding continues to make a significant difference for our local governments, local economies, local property taxpayers and motorist safety locally and statewide. We will continue to work with Governor Cuomo, our legislative colleagues and local highway superintendents and leaders across this region and state on this vitally important challenge and priority, but this year’s budget marks an important move forward. The improvement and upkeep of local roads and bridges is a wise use of taxpayer dollars. Every additional dollar of state support means a dollar less that our local property taxpayers have to pay. It’s also an important investment in economic growth and job creation throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and all across New York.”