In a recent letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, business and industry groups including the Business Council of Westchester, commended the Governor on his investment in infrastructure in his proposed two-year $11.953 billion NYS DOT capital program.
The BCW, Associated General Contractors of New York State, the Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley and among others said that despite the $6.1 billion projected state deficit it was not responsible to put off road repairs that would only become larger, more costly projects in the future.
“We are agreed that our economy and communities cannot function without safe and reliable infrastructure,’’ said Ravitz. “New York needs to invest in its infrastructure if we are going to remain competitive and create strong middle-class jobs.”
The coalition urged the Governor to add the following projects to the two-year NYSDOT capital plan:
- $400M – for NYSDOT Core Projects;
- $200M – CHIPs funding for local roads;
- $100M – to enhance the successful PAVE-NY program;
- $100M – to enhance the successful BRIDGE-NY program; and
- $200M – to establish an Urban Roads Initiative to rebuild deteriorating city roads.
“To keep New York moving forward we need to build a resilient infrastructure adapted to climate change that is more, eco-friendly to help continue creating jobs and economic opportunities for current and future generations of New Yorkers,’’ said the letter.