Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, R-C-Niagara Falls, attended a press conference Wednesday to advocate for increased funding for local roads, bridges and culverts. Joining him were Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, Sen. Tom O’Mara, and their Senate and Assembly colleagues.
Morinello’s team said, “The ‘Local Roads Are Essential’ campaign advocates joined the press conference to stress the importance of fully funding the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement program (CHIPS) and Extreme Winter Recovery (EWR). The legislators were joined by highway department representatives from across the state and, combined, they called on Gov. Hochul to increase CHIPS funding by $200 million for a total of $738.1 million annually; and increase the EWR program by $70 million to $270 million annually.”
Morinello said, “Each year, it is a pleasure to meet with these hard-working men and women from all across the state to help us deliver the message about how important it is to fund these crucial programs. I will continue to stand with my colleagues and advocate for the safety and repair of our local roads, bridges and culverts.
“New York undergoes long, harsh winters, which take a major toll on road conditions. Construction material costs have risen and, without the necessary funding, our infrastructure would deteriorate – which is why we continue to see the wonderful advocates here year after year fighting for our roads, bridges and culverts to remain in working condition.”
Morinello represents the 145th Assembly District, which consists of parts of Erie and Niagara counties. For more information, visit his official website.