Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) and his Assembly Minority colleagues today called for fairer funding for upstate New Yorks infrastructure needs. They also unveiled a bill package which would address funding for roadways, water infrastructure and other important structures throughout the state and local communities.
Our taxpayer dollars are constantly used to bail out New York Citys MTA or for an expensive wasteful rebuild of the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River, while communities in my district are left without adequate aid, said Ashby. I have residents at risk in Hoosick Falls and near the Dewey Loeffel site for water contamination and small communities that need help in maintaining roads and bridges. The state needs to ensure funding is fair, its as simple as that.
The package of legislation includes:
- Parity funding between the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in upcoming five-year capital plans;
- Increase Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) base aid by $100 million a year for five years and to tie future increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to account for inflation;
- Expand the Clean Water Investment Act (CWIA) to further invest in water and sewer infrastructure;
- The creation of a companion to CHIPS for drinking, storm and sewer water infrastructure called Water Infrastructure Investment Program (WIIPS); and
- Continued improvement of existing programs such as PAVE-NY and BRIDGE-NY.
Additional proposals may be found in New Yorks Infrastructure: A Report on Fortifying Our Roads, Bridges, and Water Systems.