Norris To Albany: Show Your Commitment To WNY By Increasing Funding For Local Roads & Bridges In Budget

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,I,C,Ref-Lockport) rallied with highway superintendents from throughout the 144th Assembly District and across the state today in Albany in support of increased funding for the state’s local roads and bridges, which account for 87 percent of all roads in New York.

“When you have a $170 billion state budget, there is no excuse not to fund the essentials in our state and that includes local roads and bridges,” said Norris, who is a member of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “There is never any question from downstate leaders in Albany about funding their progressive ideas like giving away free tuition to illegal immigrants or raises for incarcerated felons. Year after year millions of dollars are thrown at the dysfunctional New York City subway system. Yet, the programs that ensure the roads and bridges in the rest of our state are safe and well maintained are threatened with cuts. This is unacceptable. Full support of CHIPS and infrastructure programs must happen to ensure the safety and livelihood of the millions of New Yorkers who live in western and upstate New York.”

Norris is not only calling for a restoration of the funding but would like to see a long-term commitment made as well. Specifically, he would like to see $500 million more for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) over the next five years, a full restoration of the Extreme Winter Recovery (EWR) program, and continuation of the PAVE-NY program that is set to expire in fiscal year 2019-20. These programs could be funded through dedicating existing gasoline taxes and transportation fees for roads and infrastructure. Additionally, he believes the state should implement a 10-year capital improvement plan for transportation.