Mayors from across the state convened at the annual New York State Conference of Mayors annual meeting and called on state lawmakers to address a transportation funding shortfall.
Sunday, I traveled to Cooperstown to attend the NYCOM meeting, which was held May 5 to May 7. Two hundred and fifty mayors and municipal officials from all corners of the state convened to hear from experts on municipal management, install officers and discuss the pressing issues facing municipalities in New York, among them the rising crisis in transportation infrastructure funding.
NYCOM members joined together and called on state lawmakers to enact a supplemental capital budget to adequately fund the transportation infrastructure of the State of New York and enable local governments to make necessary repairs and upgrades to the roadways upon which millions of New Yorkers rely every single day. There are vital and notable programs that are not being adequately funded, both recently and systemically.
Most important to Canandaigua, state lawmakers were asked to revisit the antiquated State Arterial Maintenance reimbursement rates, which have not seen revision since 1987. Canandaigua is one of 38 cities in New York, with an existing agreement with the state for the city to maintain state arterial roadways and highways. Currently, the state sends 85 cents per square yard of roadways to each municipality for maintaining such state roads — a rate that has not increased in 32 years.