Byrne Welcomes State’s Investment in State Roadways, But Says More Work Still Needed

March 8, 2019

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, Ref-Mahopac) is pleased to report the Governor’s office has announced a statewide commitment to invest $128 million, provided by the state’s PAVE NY Initiative, into 91 paving projects and the renewal of approximately 1,000 lane miles, which includes nearly $4 million for sections of Routes 22 and 139 within the 94th Assembly District.

"I'm pleased that the state’s renewed commitment to our roadways will address the needs of these specific sections of both Route 22 and Route 139,” said Byrne. “These particular sections are in dire need of repair.  Since first assuming office, I have had multiple conversations with the New York State Department of Transportation and other state officials where I have advocated regularly for the repaving of our state roadways. While I'm glad these sections will receive much needed attention, I remain committed to advocating for additional paving further north on Routes 22 and 139.  This is progress, but across the region our state roadways continue to face serious hardship. The state must continue to do better at allocating resources needed to care for its infrastructure and ensure our transportation system is safe and strong.”

Byrne continues to serve as a staunch advocate for our state’s transportation and infrastructure needs. Among his other legislative responsibilities, Byrne is an active member of the Assembly’s Transportation Committee, the only committee member from the Westchester or Putnam County delegation, and recently served as co-chair of the Assembly Minority Critical Infrastructure & Transportation Task Force where he highlighted recommendations to improve our state’s current transportation system.

Projects within the 94th Assembly District include $2.8 million to resurface a section of Route 22 from the Westchester County line to Route 6 in Putnam County and $1.1 million to resurface a section of Route 139, or Primrose Street, from Route 100 to the Primrose School Driveway in the town of Somers in Westchester County. The Governor’s previous announcement stated that all pending projects announced are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

"Those who travel on Route 22 in Putnam County know how badly these repairs are needed," said MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive. "I am pleased that the State is providing funding for this much-needed project."

"I am thankful that Assemblyman Byrne was able to help find the funding to repair this section of Route 22 in the Town of Southeast which is in desperate need of repair,” said Joseph Castellano, Chairman and member of Putnam County Legislature. “We look forward to working with the Assemblyman on other sections of state roadway in Putnam County.”

“While I'm gratified to learn that this roadway is finally getting the attention it needs, I feel that the project should continue further north on Route 22,” said Paul Jonke, Putnam County Legislator. “I look forward to working with Assemblyman Byrne and our other elected leaders to ensure New York State honors its obligation to keep our state roadways safe.”