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Sen. Helming advocates for restoration of local transportation funding in state budget

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Senator Helming, alongside state Highway Superintendents, recently pushed for the restoration of vital state funding for local transportation infrastructure within New York’s 2024-25 budget. The proposed cuts included a significant $60 million reduction in funding from the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), crucial for the maintenance of local roads, bridges, and culverts. In a collective effort, Helming and over 50 legislative colleagues demanded the restoration of these funds through a letter addressed to key state leaders.


Highlighting the importance of this funding, Senator Helming emphasized the essential role of local roads in daily commutes and emergency services, advocating for enhanced state support for highway workers and superintendents. Their work ensures safe and efficient travel across the state, necessitating adequate resources to combat potholes, bridge repairs, and flood mitigation efforts.

Local highway officials from towns like Palmyra, Canandaigua, and Chili underscored the critical nature of CHIPS funding against the backdrop of increasing construction costs and state regulations. They stressed the importance of maintaining and upgrading infrastructure to ensure public safety, amid concerns over deteriorating roads and bridges. The collective voice of New York’s local highway professionals calls for a $250 million increase in highway program funding to address these challenges and support economic development and quality of life for New Yorkers.



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