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Legislators continue push to boost road reimbursement

State lawmakers are seeking to boost the rate of reimbursement for 38 cities that maintain arterial highways for the first time in 32 years.

The provision, included in the Assembly’s budget resolution released this week, would add $12.7 million in funding for maintenance reimbursement to maintain state-owned roads.

The current reimbursement is 87 cents per square yard; lawmakers want to see that rate increased to $1.87 per square yard.

“Infrastructure always seems to be the buzzword until you get to the actual budget,” said Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Democrat from Queens. “So I’m hopeful this year will actually put money in and help out these local cities.”

The funding is being sought by the New York Conference Mayors, which wrote a letter this week urging state officials to include the funding increase in a final budget agreement.

“Cities and their residents should not be punished for participating in a cooperative program with the state,” noted Peter A. Baynes, the executive director of the New York State Conference of Mayors. “We instead urge the state to uphold its end of this partnership and provide reimbursement based on the current cost of road maintenance.”

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