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Thursday 1 December 2022
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Miner, Rebuild NY Call on State for Equal Spending on Local Infrastructure

By Staff

 

Miner rebuildMayor Stephanie Miner and Rebuild NY Now, a coalition of labor union representatives and construction companies, have recently called on the state to include funding for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) equal to the recent funding agreement for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the 2016-17 Executive Budget.

Funding parity would help fund road and bridge projects throughout New York state, including in the city of Syracuse, Mayor Miner stated.

“I applaud the MTA funding deal that was reached a few weeks ago, and as a big city mayor, I stand with Mayor De Blasio as he fights for funding for mass transit,” Miner stated. “Yet as an upstate mayor in a city with aging infrastructure, I have seen firsthand the need for adequate funding for our roads and bridges. From water main breaks to decaying bridges and roads, Central New Yorkers are paying for inefficient and dangerous commutes. I stand here today with Rebuild NY Now, and this broad coalition, to call on state leaders to make a real investment in our infrastructure.”

“I am pleased to lend my voice to the Rebuild NY Now coalition, in support of much-needed infrastructure investment across Upstate New York,” Sen. David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) added. “Such investment not only ensures safe roads and bridges, it helps to create jobs in areas where the economy is struggling.”

In addition, Mike Elmendorf, president and CEO of Rebuild NY Now stated, “A coalition unprecedented in its breadth and diversity has come together in Syracuse around this issue today because our crumbling roads and bridges are in serious need of attention and, more importantly, are in serious need of a multibillion dollar capital commitment from the state. Renewing a commitment to the historic parity agreement between roads and bridges and transit will not only create jobs, and save New Yorkers money, but it will ensure the safety and well-being of Central New York families who every day ride on roads and bridges that are in a state of disrepair.”