Tonawanda News — As the New York State Legislature enters the final days before Monday's budget deadline, state Sen. George Maziarz, R-C, Newfane, called for increased funding for infrastructure work in Western New York Friday.
Maziarz said the measure was in response to the harsh weather that gripped the region over the last several months, causing the further deterioration of the area's ailing roadways.
"Western New Yorkers know how brutal this winter has been on our roads," Maziarz said. "In every community I visit it is clear that more help is needed to do everything from fix potholes to rebuild bridges. More money for these kinds of improvements would go a long way towards enhancing public safety and the quality of life in our communities."
Maziarz noted that the state's Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, better-known as CHIPS, was established more than three decades ago and it was counted on heavily by municipalities for delivering state aid to municipalities for road repairs on non-state highways. North Tonawanda, for example, will receive nearly half of it's $1.1 million used for roadwork this year from the state.
"Every year local governments have to decide how to use precious CHIPS funding so it has the most impact and addresses the most important road surface problems," he said. "More CHIPS funding would lead to more repairs being possible, plain and simple."