Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: Governor Paterson Fiddles While New York’s Construction Industry Burns

Statement from New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandiagua)
April 26, 2010

“Governor Paterson continues to make construction contractors play an unnecessary and costly waiting game by not including state funding for certain road and bridge projects in his emergency budget extenders. The Governor’s refusal means necessary infrastructure work, and New York’s struggling economy, will remain stuck on the road to nowhere. Last week, our Assembly Minority Conference offered an amendment that would have restored the state funding held by the Governor. Today, we did so again and urged the Governor to stop fiddling while New York’s construction industry burns. The Governor’s inclusion of federal funding in today’s extender is only a drop in the bucket since much of that money is merely a pass through. Our Conference stands with construction workers and businesses in calling on the Governor to stop playing these games and release all of the overdue state funding.”