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Andrew Cuomo rejects ‘pothole portal’ website, for now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said no to a website to report potholes on state roads, at least for now.

Cuomo late Friday vetoed legislation that would have required the state’s Department of Transportation to create a “pothole portal” — an interactive website where motorists could report and view potholes on all state-maintained highways, including the Thruway.

In a veto message, Cuomo said he agrees with the goals of the legislation, but noted the bill failed to identify a funding source for the site, which he said is estimated to cost between $500,000 and $1 million to build and maintain.

“Signing this legislation without an identified funding source would divert money from essential functions of DOT including road maintenance and repair,” Cuomo wrote.

Cuomo said he intends to propose a “fiscally viable” solution in his upcoming state budget proposal, which he has to unveil next month. But he did not say exactly what that proposal would entail.

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