Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.)
today announced that nearly $1 million in road repair funds will be allocated
to the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County. The funds, approved in the 2014-15 State
Budget, are a special one-time allocation to complement the $438 million in
existing state support for local transportation infrastructure. All counties, cities, towns and villages will
receive capital assistance through the program and will help local governments
make necessary repairs to highways and bridges following this year’s winter.
Assemblyman Curran said that the amount each town or county received across the state was based off the formula determined by the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).
“It’s no secret that our roads and bridges are cratered with potholes and unsatisfactory conditions. After a tough winter that has taken a toll on our roadways, we have to up the ante and make sure our roads are safe for commuters and for families,” said Curran.
“In addition to all of the outstanding efforts Supervisor Kate Murray and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano have done by declaring a ‘War on Potholes,’ I am proud to announce, with Senator Dean Skelos, New York State’s allocation of significant monies to our villages, towns and county,” Curran added.
Referencing the allocations, Assemblyman Curran noted the following: Nassau County – $425,997; Town of Hempstead – $322,890; Village of Lynbrook – $23,877.69; Village of East Rockaway – $12,439.32; Village of Malverne – $15,454.95; Village of Rockville Centre – $33,228.57; Village of Freeport – $53,428.84; and the Village of Valley Stream – $48,574.30
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said, “Mother nature has taken its toll on our roadways this past winter season. My administration has an aggressive program to fill potholes on county roads in order to maintain the highest level of safety for vehicles and pedestrians on county roads. However, we all know that in order to keep programs like this going it takes funding and I applaud Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Martins, and Assemblyman Curran for securing the additional funding needed to help make our roadways safer for motorists and pedestrians.”
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said, “The fury of Mother Nature wreaked havoc on local roadways this winter, leaving a trail of potholes in her wake as snow and ice receded. I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Dean Skelos and Assemblyman Brian Curran for providing important state aid to help repair local roadways and ensure that streets are safe and smooth for motorists and pedestrians alike.”
Lynbrook Mayor William Hendrick said, “It is a blessing to our Lynbrook residents to receive almost $29,000 through the State of New York because of Senator Dean Skelos and Assemblyman Brian Curran. The winter has been brutal to our roads and this money which they secured for us, is partial relief from our spending residents’ tax dollars to do the repairs. The roads that will be repaired are vital and necessary to allow residents to safely travel with their families. I commend our representatives.”
East Rockaway Mayor Fran Lenahan said, “This winter's weather packed a strong punch to East Rockaway's infrastructure. While the Village of East Rockaway and our DPW have been working around the clock to fill potholes and repair roadways, the Village Board and I are extremely thankful that Senator Dean Skelos and Assemblyman Brian Curran were able to deliver an influx of state money. The almost $12,500 from New York State will help defray the cost of roadwork repair for taxpayers while allowing the Village to provide another tax cut for our residents.”
Assemblyman Curran noted that these funds will all be separate allocations to counties, cities, towns, villages, as part of the total $40 million.