Brown Rallies with Lawmakers to Call for Increased Funding for Local Roads and Highways

Assemblyman Keith Brown (R,C-Northport) stood with members of the Senate and Assembly Minority Conferences to demand the state government increasefunding for bridges, highways and local roads through CHIPS, Pave-NY and the Extreme Winter Recovery Program. According to the Infrastructure Report Card published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which analyzes each state’s infrastructure, New York drivers spend $625 per year on maintenance expenses caused by damaged roadways. In addition, many bridges throughout the state are structurally deficient. Overall, the state has an overall grade of C- indicating infrastructure across the state desperately needs funding.

“It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you are on, we can all agree when our local roads and bridges are in poor condition it becomes a problem for all of us,” said Brown. “Currently, New York state has an infrastructure rating of C-, a troubling assessment that demands the attention of our state Legislature. Failing to properly maintain our bridges puts our friends and neighbors at risk. For the amount taxpayers pay into their state government, the inadequate, and possibly dangerous state of our infrastructure is unacceptable.

“When it comes to ensuring the safety of the roads we all depend on, proactivity can prevent tragedy. That is why I am committed to ensuring the state budget reflects the infrastructure needs of each locality across the state.”