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April 17, 2014

Road crews get funding boost after brutal winter

All area municipalities were included in the $40 million in infrastructure funding announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday.

The money was included in the recent 2014-15 budget and is intended as one-time allocation to offset winter damage to roads and bridges. It compliments the $438 million in existing state support for local transportation infrastructure, according to a release from Cuomo’s office.

Delaware County will be receiving about $150,400.

“We really appreciate it,” said Commissioner of Public Works Wayne Reynolds. Until the frost is finished for the season, he won’t be able to pinpoint where the money will be used, he said.

It will be used on the high-volume road surfaces around the county that suffered the most.

“It will go quickly,” Reynolds said. “It was a tough winter.”

The village of Sidney is receiving $11,877. Mayor Andrew Matviak said the funds will help deal with needed repairs.

“It was a rough winter,” he said. He said he will be talking with his department of public works supervisor shortly about where the money will be spent.

The city of Oneonta will be receiving $25,325. Mayor Dick Miller said he was grateful the state recognized the need.

“We will put it to good use,” Miller said. The last few months of freezing and thawing have created an obvious need to repair the damage that resulted, he said, and the funds will help with that.

Oneonta Supervisor Robert Wood said the $10,028 the town of Oneonta is receiving will be useful in dealing with a tough winter. He said he’ll be working with the appropriate officials to evaluate the situation and prioritize the needed repairs.

The funds will “help us get a little more work done,” he said.

“This past winter took its toll on New York’s infrastructure, but the state is stepping up to help municipalities make necessary repairs so that our roads and bridges are properly repaired and safe for drivers,” Cuomo said. “These resources will go a long way toward helping local governments sturdy their infrastructure for future winters, making New York safer and more resilient for all.”

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