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Local lawmakers praise transfer of service road to state

Posted 12/31/22

Legislation authorizing the transfer jurisdiction over the southbound service road in the town of Deerfield from Oneida County to New York state, has been signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

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Local lawmakers praise transfer of service road to state

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DEERFIELD — Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, and state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, announced that legislation they sponsored, authorizing the transfer jurisdiction over the southbound service road in the town of Deerfield from Oneida County to New York state, has been signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Under the new law, the town will be free of responsibility for maintaining this road.

“I am relieved to finally lift this burden from the Deerfield community and allow the state to assume responsibility for this stretch of road that has been a financial and logistical nuisance for far too long,” said Buttenschon. “This commonsense law will allow us to better utilize our resources and focus on the issues that are most important to Mohawk Valley families. I’ll continue fighting to ensure these local concerns are heard in Albany and work with my Assembly colleagues to find solutions.”

“I am pleased the governor has signed this legislation that I sponsored into law. This bill, which I have carried for several years in the Senate, will relieve Deerfield of a logistical and financial burden and help the community” said Griffo

Deerfield’s southbound service road not only runs parallel and adjacent to existing roadways and ramps maintained by the state but serves as an access road to land owned by the State University of New York. The lawmakers said it is only logical for the state to take on responsibility for this road, which will, in turn, allow the town to save money and spend more time bettering the local community.

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