Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,SAM,ROS-Mahopac) joined his colleagues in the Assembly and the Senate Minority Conferences and local road advocates from across the state to call for an increase in funding to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), Extreme Winter Recovery (EWR) program and other transportation-related programs in order to maintain and repair the state’s local roads, bridges and culverts.
Numerous studies over the past decade have highlighted the decline of New York’s locally-maintained transportation infrastructure and its impact on economic development, local property taxes and motorist safety. The group called on Gov. Hochul to increase funding for CHIPS, EWR, PAVE-NY, and Bridge-NY in this year’s state budget.
“It is critical that we give our local roads and bridges the attention they deserve. Over 86% of our state’s roads are owned and maintained by local governments,” said Byrne. “We can’t leave local municipalities stuck with all of these unforeseen costs. These roads and bridges aren’t just essential. They’re the roads we send our children to school on, the bridges that we drive over to work every day. I am proud to stand with our colleagues to support real infrastructure investments that support our local roads, bridges and culverts.”
**Video standup attached** - PalmesanoandByrne.20220308.CHIPSStandup.mp4 - Google Drive