Clock Is Ticking On Gov's Illegal Road Signs And New York's Aging Infrastructure

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s stubborn arrogance is no longer merely off-putting, it’s now wildly expensive. Repeatedly ordered by the federal government to take down illegal road signs he paid $8 million to install, Andrew Cuomo is about to cost taxpayers $14 million in fines for no good reason. The September 30 deadline to take down the signs is here – but there’s been no movement, no cooperation, and no regard for taxpayer dollars. To the governor, that money may be an acceptable expenditure in a childish spat with federal highway administrators, but to ordinary New Yorkers, it’s the difference between safe, reliable roads or not.
There are countless projects in New York in need of funding, and the amount at stake is not insignificant. For example, a $10 million bridge deck replacement in Seneca County and another $4.6 million road and drainage repair would greatly improve the quality of life for drivers in Tyre, Waterloo and Fayette. Sadly, overlooked projects like these may languish. For roads and bridges across this state, the $14 million he is willing to throw away is critical to their maintenance and improvement.
New York’s infrastructure has been graded as one of the worst in the nation. There is never a good time to play games with millions of dollars in taxpayer money, but to do so now is beyond insulting. There is simply no excuse not to comply with basic, common-sense federal safety guidelines.
Members of the Assembly Minority Conference have relentlessly called for an increase in funding for New York’s Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and other infrastructure improvements. As such, we have launched an eight-region Task Force on Critical Infrastructure and Transportation. These events aim to bring together stakeholders with first-hand experience to develop funding and logistic solutions to the state’s crumbling infrastructure.
Our first two events in the Southern Tier and Central New York were a tremendous success. Two more are slated for early October in Long Island with several others taking place through the end of the month.

  • The Suffolk County (Long Island) Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 10, from 6-8 p.m. at the Brookhaven Highway Department, 1140 Old Town Rd., Coram;
  • The Nassau County (Long Island) Forum will be held on Thursday, October 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center, 28 West Carl St., Hicksville;
  • The Capital Region Forum will be held on Monday, October 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Schoharie County Department of Public Works, 393 Main Street, Schoharie;
  • The Rochester Regional Forum will be held Wednesday, October 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Greece Town Hall, Eastman Room, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., Greece;
  • The Western New York Regional Forum will be held on Thursday, October 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Erie Community College – North Campus, STEM Building Conference Room, 6205 Main St., Williamsville (*park in Lot 1); and
  • The Mid-Hudson Regional Forum will be held on Thursday, October 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Patterson Town Hall, 1142 NY-311, Patterson.

One of the most important jobs we have as legislators is to listen and these forums provide an avenue of communication sorely missing from our discourse. Experts, commuters, government officials and emergency service providers who rely on our infrastructure have a wealth of knowledge and ideas. With their help, we will be able to develop short- and long-term solutions to this crippling problem.
What do you think?  I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, email me at, find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter.

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commented 2018-10-09 20:34:23 -0400 · Flag
Instead of naming that new bridge after his father, maybe he could have named after the NY tax payers who paid for it. the “Tax” bridge.
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