State Referendum Needed for Road Repaving

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To the Editor:

I was disappointed that the NYS budget included almost no additional funding to localities for road repaving. The $50 million dollars approved state-wide will be of little help in addressing the thousands of miles of municipal roads in desperate shape. Many local governments around the state have roads that look like third world countries. Communities are trying to comply with the property tax cap which restricts tax hikes. As a result, most localities are not appropriating all the dollars that are needed for road repaving. Some road repaving is happening–but not enough.

NYS should put on the ballot a referendum for a state-wide local road repaving funding initiative. The new Tappan Zee Bridge is a great infrastructure project. But—motorists may get a flat tire driving over a pothole before or after they cross the bridge. NYS should also conduct a state-wide inventory of all the road conditions in NYS.

Paul Feiner

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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