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Assemblyman seeks more state funds for local roads, bridges in budget

Posted 3/10/22

NEW HARTFORD — Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-101, New Hartford, recently joined highway superintendents and his legislative colleagues calling for increased funding for local roads and bridges.  …

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Assemblyman seeks more state funds for local roads, bridges in budget

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NEW HARTFORD — Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-101, New Hartford, recently joined highway superintendents and his legislative colleagues calling for increased funding for local roads and bridges. 

State funding is critical in helping local municipalities maintain, repair and repave these roadways which are essential to motorists in upstate communities and local economic development.

“Our roadways and bridges are essential to a community’s ability to thrive. Safe infrastructure impacts the wellbeing of residents and the economic health of a community, which is why it is so critical that we invest in it,” said Miller, who is a member of the Assembly Committee on Transportation, in a statement. “As we have been seeing nationwide, the price of materials and fuel has been increasing rapidly because of inflation. …”

A statement from Miller’s office continues, “In Gov. (Kathy) Hochul’s 2022-23 Executive Budget proposal, funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), the Extreme Winter Recovery program (EWR), and PAVE-NY is held to current levels. The proposal also includes a $32.8 billion five-year Department of Transportation (DOT) capital plan as well as an increase to BRIDGE-NY by $100 million. However, the assemblyman is saying more is needed, especially with rising costs to fuel, asphalt and other materials due to rapid inflation.”

Miller, along with his Republican colleagues, proposes the following: Increase CHIPS by $250 million for a total of $788 million; Boost EWR by $50 million for a total of $150 million; Create a new Pave Our Potholes program for $100 million, using part of CHIPS and EWR aid; and increase the five-year DOT capital plan spending to $44.1 billion, an $11.3 billion increase.

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