Funding is on the way for CHIPS and PAVE-NY projects in the 54th Senate District. New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio announced that this year’s budget includes $30 million for his district to fund the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, as well as Local PAVE-NY projects.The move comes as Senator Nozzolio is working through his final budget process, following the decision this winter to not seek re-election due to health concerns. The funds will help achieve transportation parity through expanding funding of roads and bridges in Upstate New York. Infrastructure in New York State has been heavily criticized over the last several years, with many under the belief that Upstate is overlooked when it comes to funding at the state level.Senator Nozzolio said in part, “A well-funded, well-maintained transportation infrastructure is critical for the safety and well-being of our residents and helps to create economic growth and opportunity in New York State.” His statement continued, “I have continued my aggressive efforts to support the funding needed to keep our local roads, bridges, and highway safe.”The Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program provides State funds to municipalities to support the construction and repair of highways, bridges, highway-railroad crossings, and other facilities that are not on the State highway system.Senator Nozzolio concluded that “It is essential that we continue to make necessary investments in New York’s transportation network. This significant funding will help ensure the safety of our drivers and expand our ability to support the local economy and to create jobs in the Finger Lakes Region.”Last year the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave New York State a C- in their overall annual assessment. Read more about this report from FingerLakes1.com here and read the full-report from the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure here.