Crouch Joins Colleagues to Release Task Force Findings and Recommendations
Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) joined his colleagues today at a press conference in Albany to release the findings and recommendations from the Assembly Minority Task Force on Critical Infrastructure and Transportation. Over the last few months, the task force traveled around the state holding eight open forums and discussions with local governments and town supervisors, gathering information and talking about the issues facing the states crumbling and out dated roads and bridges.
Their findings and recommendations were released today in a task force report called New Yorks Infrastructure: A Report on Fortifying Our Roads, Bridges and Water Systems. The recommendations included:
- Ensure funding parity between the upcoming NYSDOT and MTA Five-Year Capital Programs;
- Increase CHIPS base aid by $100 million/year for five years and tie to CPI to account for inflation and increasing material costs;
- Enact legislation mandating that all funding for the DHBTF is to be used only for capital infrastructure, not for state operations or debt service payments;
- Expand support for the Clean Water Investment Act (CWIA) to ensure long-term commitment to water, sewer infrastructure;
- Establish a companion for the existing CHIPS program, offering financial assistance to local governments for drinking, storm and sewer water infrastructure, called the Water Infrastructure Investment Program (WIIPS);
- Continue, strengthen and improve PAVE-NY, EWR and BRIDGE NY in NYSDOT 2020-2024 Capital Program to help municipalities plan for improvements;
- Establish a CHIPS-like formula for culverts based on the length of culverts within the municipality;
- Require NYSDOT release a report each year detailing the condition of state-owned roads and bridges;
- Direct NYSDOT to develop a 20-30-year long-term transportation plan; and
- Require NYSDOT to submit its capital plan for approval.
We need to provide more infrastructure funding to upstate and our rural communities, said Crouch. Throughout the state we are seeing roads and bridges that are in dire need of repair. Its alarming how out of date some of our infrastructure really is, and should be a major public safety concern. I strongly encourage the governor and Assembly Majority to review our findings and recommendations; we put a lot of work into this initiative and I believe we provided real solutions to help with our infrastructure problems moving forward.