CHIPS Funding Restored To State Budget
O MARA, PALMESANO APPLAUD AGREEMENT TO BOOST FUNDING FOR LOCAL ROADS, BRIDGESMarch 21, 2013 ALBANY, NY - Senator Tom O Mara (R, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R Corning), who have been calling for an increase in state support for local roads and bridges, have been heard. O'Mara and Palmesano issued a joing statement today, saying that the final version of the state budget will include a $75 million increase in funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS). "We're extremely pleased that the new state budget will include a reasonable state-level increase in CHIPS funding. It s going to make a real difference for our localities, motorist safety statewide, and so many local economies, O Mara and Palmesano said. "The improvement and maintenance of local roads and bridges puts taxpayer dollars to wise use. It s a smart state investment that will have a positive impact on New York s short- and long-term strategies for job creation and economic development. These roads and bridges are economic lifelines in local communities and absolutely critical to the overall quality and strength of New York s leading tourism industry."