Assemblyman Colin Schmitt Fighting for Historic Funding to Fix Local Roads, Bridges, and Potholes

ALBANY, NY — Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I,LBT,SAM - New Windsor), the Ranking Member of the Assembly Local Governments Committee has joined with colleagues to advocate in the state budget process for an increase in critical funding for local governments that are used for road repair, pothole correction, and other critical local infrastructure needs. 

Schmitt and a bipartisan alliance of colleagues from across the state today held an event in Albany to highlight the efforts to secure a historic investment in local roads, bridges, and infrastructure including a formal budget request for an increase of the annual CHIPS (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program) to $788.1M, an increase of $150M for Extreme Winter Recovery funding, maintaining the $200M for the local BRIDGE-NY program, maintaining $100M for the State Touring Route funding, and requesting $100M for the local POP program.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “Many of our local roads and bridges are in need of repair and proper funding for critical needs, maintenance, and improvements. As Ranking Member of the Local Governments Committee in the State Assembly, I am working to ensure adequate funding is delivered in the Hudson Valley region to fix our local roads and bridges, fill in potholes, and fully fund much-needed programs that make it safer and better for us to travel around. Since being elected I have brought back millions in local roads funding to the 99th District and I am working to make this year one of the strongest years yet for our communities.”

Schmitt continued, “My deepest thanks and appreciation goes to all of our town and village highway departments that continue to maintain our local roads and for their partnership with me to bring back critically needed funding. We will work tirelessly in bipartisan fashion through the budget process to make sure we receive our fair share of funding in the Hudson Valley.” 

Blooming Grove Highway Superintendent Wayne Kirkpatrick stated, “Assemblyman Colin Schmitt has been a tireless advocate for local municipalities in our fight for increased state funding. Year after year he stands with us as we seek much-needed funding to assist in improving our local roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure projects. We thank Colin for his advocacy and implore the Governor and State Legislature to hear us when we say, fully fund CHIPS.”