New State Budget Hikes Local Transportation Aid

The final state budget now being adopted in Albany increases funding for local street and bridge repairs, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today.

"Not only were we able to avert a cut proposed by the governor to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPs, we were able to provide a sizeable increase in CHIPs funding in the transportation budget bills passed by the Assembly and the Senate last Friday," said Assemblyman Schimminger. "This funding will go a long way in helping local governments repair and build local highways, bridges and highway-railroad crossings, and will help keep roads safer for New York motorists."

Schimminger noted that the budget provides CHIPs funds for local governments in the 140th Assembly district as follows:

Municipality 07-08 CHIPs Aid 08-09 CHIPs Aid Increase (%)

Erie County



$867,872 (+13.11%)

Niagara County



$209,532 (+12.76%)

City of North Tonawanda



$95,292 (+18.67%)

City of Tonawanda



$44,961 (+17.83%)

Town of Tonawanda



$56,934 (+23.50%)

Village of Kenmore



$22,274 (+21.99%)

"Rising local costs are driving up property taxes across the state. This funding provides significant savings for local governments, which should be passed on to taxpayers. It will help improve transportation, the economy and the quality of life in our community and throughout New York," Schimminger stated.