East Fishkill, NY - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is asking New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate reports that municipalities are being defrauded on road salt deliveries by delivery trucks. Several constituents have expressed concern to Lalor that delivery trucks are shorting towns on road salt deliveries and selling the surplus to private users on the side. Morton Salt has the contract with the New York State Office of General Services to provide road salt to municipalities in parts of New York, including Dutchess County. Towns across New York have experienced significant road salt shortages this winter.
Given the ongoing problems with municipal road salt deliveries and the public safety issues caused by unsafe roads without enough salt, this potential fraud needs to be addressed, said Lalor. I'm asking the attorney general for a public and well-publicized investigation to put potential fraudulent delivery drivers on notice that this cannot continue.
Lalor's letter to Attorney General Schneiderman is available here.
There is no excuse for the long delays in delivering road salt to towns across Dutchess County and the rest of New York, Lalor continued. If Morton Salt wanted the contract with New York State, it should have been prepared to deliver, whatever the weather circumstances might be. It's winter, and they should have been prepared to make the deliveries. It's a serious safety issue when these deliveries aren't coming in. We need a plan from Morton Salt on how they're going to catch up on deliveries. If they can't deliver on this contract to keep our roads safe, New York needs to review the status of this contract for next year. I plan to work with local and state officials to review what happened this year and make sure it doesn't happen again.
Lalor added, The Office of General Services needs to explore every possible solution to deliver the salt on time for the rest of the winter, whether that means bringing in the National Guard to make the deliveries or finding trucks across the country to do the job.