Assemblyman Mike Norris presses Albany on more funding for local infrastructure

Pictured above: Assemblyman Norris listens while the NY Farm Bureau’s Renee Jaques talks about the impact the state’s roads and bridges has on the agricultural industry.

Norris, who represents the 144th Assembly District, comprising portions of Erie, Niagara and Orleans Counties, took time to speak with the press:

“Today I joined Highway Superintendents from across New York State on an issue that is very important to every New Yorker.  That’s protecting our local roads, bridges, and culverts.  Right now, with the upcoming budget negotiations, it’s critical that we have increased funding for CHIPS, which adds dollars to our local municipalities for our roads, bridges, and culverts.”

He continued, “This is the basis of our economy, local roads matter, local bridges matter, and we need to make a sound investment into these infrastructure areas.  I will continue to champion as a member of the Assembly Transportation Committee in securing additional funding for our roads and bridges.”

Renee Jaques, representing the New York Farm Bureau, gave a detailed request of her own at the Capitol Building:

“Beyond repairing and rebuilding our local roads, bridges and culverts, the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) is the key difference in determining the success of hometown communities across New York State, in terms of their desirability as a place to call home, their public safety for motorists and their economic viability. Without safe and well-maintained roads, our communities will struggle to compete. It’s long overdue for the state to make an increased investment in improving the infrastructure that covers the majority of our state, and when we consider that the governor has proposed spending $175 billion on a new infrastructure plan, we are only asking for a modest $150 million increase with a full restoration of the $65 million Extreme Winter Recovery program that was eliminated.”