Rebuild NY Now, a broad-based coalition seeking to raise public awareness about the issues impacting New York State's infrastructure, continued its campaign and call for parity today in Western New York with local elected officials, members of organized labor, and private local businesses. This diverse coalition stood together at a press conference at the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities in Falconer to call on the Legislature and the Governor to include funding parity between the capital plans of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) in the budget.
Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District) said, “Parity in funding between the NYSDOT and the MTA was always the rule until 2009-2010 when New York City took control of state government and diverted a significant portion of our state’s transportation funding dollars downstate. As a consequence, our region, and Upstate as a whole, has been outpaced to the tune of nearly $5 billion. With crumbling infrastructure all around us, the only way we can right the ship is by re-establishing parity – or equal investments – through a dedicated 5-year NYSDOT capital program budget. Our state can’t afford to wait and I urge the Governor and the Assembly to do the right thing and invest in Upstate roads and bridges, and restore parity between the NYSDOT and MTA capital plans.”