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Long Island to get nearly $4 million for pothole repairs

A pothole remains open on Selfridge Avenue on

A pothole remains open on Selfridge Avenue on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Garden City. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Local governments on Long Island will get almost $4 million in new state aid to fill potholes and make other roadway fixes this year after an unusually rough winter, the state said Thursday.

The aid, announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, is on top of an increase of $75 million last year and $75 million this year in additional funding for local governments under the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPS, as it's known.

The CHIPS budget for the new state fiscal year is $438 million.

The money is allocated under a CHIPS formula that provides Nassau County and its localities $1.75 million, and Suffolk County and its localities $1.987 million in new, one-shot aid. The Nassau County government will get $425,997 and Suffolk government $243,198.

Under the formula, Hempstead got the lion's share among Nassau towns with $322,890. The smallest beneficiary in Nassau was the Village of Cove Neck, which will get $181.82.

In Suffolk, Brookhaven tops town recipients with $400,941, and the Village of West Hampton Dunes trails recipients with $570.21.

New York City will get $5.6 million.

Cuomo said many local roads and bridges were damaged by the harsh weather, which had led him to declare a state of emergency on eight occasions this past winter.

While the money is meant to address problems created by the harsh winter, Cuomo said in a statement that it could also be used by localities "to complement their core construction programs."

"To help brace for future storms, longer lasting roadway surfacing and overlay projects are eligible expenses," the governor's statement said.

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