SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES ACCELERATED ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS IN THE FINGER LAKES AS PART OF GOVERNOR CUOMO’S NY WORKS PROGRAM
State Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced that the 2012-13 State Budget, a budget that he worked closely with Governor Cuomo to enact, will invest over $32.4 million in nearly 20 infrastructure improvement projects across the Finger Lakes Region that will repair over 220 miles of roads and 10 bridges and create thousands of jobs. The funding is part of the statewide NY Works program, which was designed to reinvent state economic development by coordinating efforts to put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding New York state's infrastructure.
"The budget that was adopted last week was achieved by working in close partnership with my colleagues in the State Senate and Governor Cuomo to promote regional, long-term job development," said Senator Nozzolio. "The NY Works program is a critically important component of this budget because it supports both our efforts to create local jobs and to ensure that transportation and infrastructure in Upstate New York receive a fair and equitable amount of State funding. It was a pleasure to work with the Governor to allocate the funding necessary for a program that will strengthen communities throughout the Finger Lakes Region."
NY Works will develop and implement a coordinated, efficient infrastructure plan across the State’s 45 agencies and authorities. NY Works will establish a task force, made up of leaders in finance, labor, planning and transportation to identify and recommend financing options for projects as well as methods to accelerate the construction of critical infrastructure projects. The Task Force will help create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing all investment in infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the State.
All NY Works projects will be posted on the web with real-time updates so that New Yorkers can track the progress of projects in their community. For a complete list of the projects in the Finger Lakes Region, visit the Governor’’s website here.
"While cutting overall spending and avoiding tax increases for the second year in a row, this state budget makes innovative investments that will drive economic development in our communities. The NY Works initiative is an investment that will create jobs and improve the quality of life all across the Finger Lakes Region. My special thanks to Governor Cuomo for his leadership in developing this transformative program," said Senator Nozzolio.
ALBANY -- Gov. Cuomo is calling it the "cornerstone" of the new state budget. A total of $1.2 billion will be spent on road and bridge projects, throughout the state, including five projects in Cayuga County -- repairs to three bridges and two roads.
The most expensive is $1.7 million to preserve the pavement on a section of Routes 5&20 -- from the Seneca County line, near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, to the Auburn city line, just east of the Fingerlakes Mall; and, that same work done to a section of Route 90 in the village of Cayuga.
Also, three bridges will get deck replacements, new horizontal supports and pavement -- on Route 31, over Putnam Creek, in Brutus; on Route 38, over the Owasco River, in Mentz; and on the same highway in Moravia, over Dry Creek. ....reported by Erik Sorensen