ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT LEADS EFFORTS FOR INCREASED LOCAL ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING
This week Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) joined with local Highway Superintendents to advocate for increased critical funding for road repair, pothole correction and other local infrastructure needs.
Schmitt and his colleagues have submitted a budgetary request to the Governor and legislative leaders to increase the annual CHIPS (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program) by $150 million, restore $65 million in Extreme Winter Recovery Funds, increase PAVE-NY local funding to $200 million annually and increase BRIDGE-NY local funding to $200 million annually. This high priority request is money that goes directly to fixing our local roads at no cost to local taxpayers.
The Assemblyman also participated in a bipartisan funding rally with hundreds of local highway and road workers and constituents in Albany to continue advocating for the funding and help generate awareness of the efforts to bring our fair share of infrastructure funding back to the Hudson Valley.
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt stated, “As the ranking member on the Assembly Local Governments Committee, I am proud to stand with road and highway workers from across our state to advocate for critical funding to fix our roads, fill potholes and make driving better for all. I am proud to be leading the charge for our area up in Albany to increase the funding used for our local roads and infrastructure. Those who drive around know how deteriorated many of our local roads have become. It’s time for Albany to step up and fully fund CHIPS, restore Winter Recovery Funding and increase PAVE-NY and BRIDGE-NY funding.”
Schmitt continued, “I want to thank our local highway departments for the great work they do for our communities and for joining me in Albany to advocate for more funding. For far too long we have asked them to do so much with limited resources, the time is now to fully fund all programs to fix our roads and infrastructure.”
Town of Highlands Highway Superintendent Pat Patterson stated, “Thank you to Assemblyman Colin Schmitt for being a strong voice for us in Albany, fighting for funding for our local communities. Assemblyman Schmitt successfully restored infrastructure funding for us last year and we know we have a true advocate leading the charge for us with this renewed push for much needed funding to fix our roads.”
Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!