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The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), lobbies for increased reimbursement funding for maintaining, rehabilitating and reconstructing local roads and bridges.
The resolution is in response to the 5-year “freeze” in funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and State-federal matching funds– the primary funding sources for the majority of local transportation projects.
David Hartman is President of the Organization.. He says “there are broad challenges county highway departments are facing when it comes to fixing and preserving their vast local systems of roads and bridges that suffer from decades of neglect resulting from shortages in funding,”
According to Hartman, Local roads and bridges account for 87% of the roads, 51% of the bridges and 48% of the vehicle mileage logged inNew YorkState.
The group says funding levels have not kept up with the demands of an ailing local transportation system.
The Group’s executive director is Stephen Acquario, he says “Having a modern system of roads and bridges inNew YorkStatemust be a priority for elected State leaders,”
The organization has transmitted their requests to the Governor and the Legislature in the form of three resolutions designed to inform them as to the priorities of county government.