County and town highway superintendents from throughout the state rallied Wednesday in Albany for increases in upstate infrastructure funding.
They are asking lawmakers to boost Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funding by $250 million to a total of $688.1 million and to create a four-year $600 million program that would fund bridge and culvert improvements.
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, and Sen. Tom O'Mara, R-Big Flats, joined the "Local Roads Matter" rally, asking for greater parity in funding in the 2016-2015 budget. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal includes $26.1 million in MTA - or downstate - aid, while upstate is budgeted to receive $20.1 million.
“Across-the-board parity in transportation funding is a top budget priority this year," they said in a joint statement. "Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders will be deciding how best to allocate billions of taxpayer dollars for upstate and downstate transportation infrastructure and we want to make sure that local roads, bridges and culverts throughout the state receive an equal and fair share of state assistance through CHIPS and other investments."