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L.I.'s Fuschillo calls for increase in state road and bridge aid
New York’s local governments need an increase in state aid to fix roads and bridges — a request that has become more urgent because the amount of funding has been frozen for four years in a row, a Long Island state senator said on Friday.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $143 billion budget plan again offers localities the same amount — just under $403 million, according to Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick).
Yet “Local governments are responsible for maintaining 87 percent of the roads and 50 percent of the bridges in New York State,” said the senator, who chairs the transportation committee, in a statement.
Fuschillo cited a report by the state comptroller that estimated New York’s local infrastructure needs over the next 20 years may be underfunded by as much as $80 billion.
The state’s failure to grant localities more aid imposes a greater strain every year as the prices of fuel, asphalt and other materials increase, Fuschillo said.
A spokesman for the Democratic governor had no immediate comment.