September 24, 2018
ALBANY, NY – Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, Corning) has been named by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R, Canandaigua) to co-chair the Assembly Minority Conference’s new task force to study and make recommendations to improve infrastructure and transportation across the state.
Also, Palmesano will be kicking off the series of forums across the state tomorrow, September 25, at SUNY Broome Community College in Binghamton.
“For years I have been encouraging my colleagues in Albany to make a more substantial investment to repair and rebuild the crumbling infrastructure across our state. We have seen some success in terms of obtaining increased funding to help improve our local roads, bridges and culverts over the past six years through important programs like the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Program (CHIPS), PAVE NY and the Extreme Winter Recovery program,” said Palmesano. “However, there are still tens of billions of dollars in critical unmet needs in our state and local transportation systems. This is a serious public safety issue and, as a state, we must be proactive rather than reactive in addressing this dangerous situation, which is the goal of our task force. There are still too many communities with old and unsafe bridges and roads, and too many potholes to count. As upstate New York continues to battle against flooding, difficult winters and other financial challenges, this further endangers the safety of motorists and residents and compromises the ability of our local economies to rebound.”