Crouch Calls for Increase in CHIPS Funding For 2019
Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) joined Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and many of his colleagues, highway superintendents and construction workers from municipalities from around this state at a rally today in Albany showing their support for Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding. This year the Assembly Minority is calling for an increase in CHIPS funding of $150 million and the restoration of $65 million from the Extreme Winter Recovery Fund in the 2019-20 Enacted Budget.
This past fall, Crouch hosted one of the eight statewide forums held by the Assembly Minority as part of their Task force on Critical Infrastructure and Transportation. The forums were open discussions with local governments and town supervisors where they gathered information and talked about the issues facing the states outdated and crumbling roads and bridges.
All over New York we are seeing our roads and bridges in dire need of repair, said Crouch. Our highways and bridges are crucial to the functionality, safety and productivity of our communities. Investing in our roads and bridges is investing in our future. I am proud to stand with our highway superintendents and Department of Transportation officials calling for a necessary increase in funding and we are hoping to see it addressed in this years budget.