infrastructure

Experts agree that America’s infrastructure is in bad shape.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that mustering the political will to make improvements is a challenge.

The Pipes Of Troy

Mar 13, 2015
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Thanks to frigid temperatures that froze supply lines, some Troy residents had to do without water for 11 straight days. The water woes may have eroded public confidence in city leadership.

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Advocates for local governments in New York and state lawmakers are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to include more funding for road and bridge repair in his annual budget.

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Environmental groups say New York needs to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to fix its aging water and sewer systems.

With Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers haggling over the budget this month, several advocacy groups are highlighting their wish lists.

A coalition including Environmental Advocates, Riverkeeper, the New York League of Conservation Voters  and the Adirondack Council is pushing for lawmakers to earmark $800 million from the state’s $5 billion bank settlement windfall for various clean water projects around the state.

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Members of Rebuild NY Now, a broad-based coalition seeking to raise awareness about the state’s infrastructure needs, spoke at the Albany County Office Building Tuesday.

Local elected officials, members of organized labor, local Chambers of Commerce and representatives of private businesses gathered to bring attention to New York's crumbling highways and aging bridges, in efforts to underline their cause: convince the state to use its $5 billion budget surplus from recent settlements against overseas banks to fund infrastructure projects.

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A Group lobbying to 'Rebuild NY Now' with state windfall funds brought its campaign to Albany Monday.  Rebuild NY Now is a coalition with a mission: to raise public awareness about the issues impacting New York State's infrastructure, with its eye on $5 billion - described as "unexpected cash" - a “windfall” of revenue from recent settlements against overseas banks to pay for infrastructure upgrades.

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A controversy regarding waived water connection fees in Saratoga Springs has triggered an investigation by state authorities and drawn attention to the high-stakes political scene in the Spa City.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney recently held a telephone town hall on local transportation and infrastructure issues in the Hudson Valley.

Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat who sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, supported bipartisan legislation to prevent the bankruptcy of the Highway Trust Fund. The emergency measure passed last week by a vote of 367-55.

Pattern Report Highlights Infrastructure Issues

May 20, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

“Crumbling or tumbling” — that was the subject of a Hudson Valley non-profit’s conference today on infrastructure issues, a week after it released a report on the topic as President Obama visited Westchester County to talk about the need for infrastructure investment.

President Obama Points to NY Bridge Project As A Model

May 15, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

President Barack Obama stood on the banks of the Hudson River Wednesday, with the Tappan Zee Bridge as a backdrop. He was in Tarrytown to push a $302 billion transportation plan, and shine a light on a replacement bridge project already under way. 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited with community leaders in Queensbury, New York, today to hear from local officials their economic development needs.

On the campus of SUNY Adirondack, New York’s junior senator met with leaders of the business community and public officials from Warren, Washington, and Northern Saratoga counties.

Ed Bartholomew, president of EDC Warren County, addressed the upcoming closure of General Electric’s capacitor manufacturing plant in Fort Edward…

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A series of workshops are being held across Western Massachusetts to educate the public, as well as municipal leaders and planners, on the importance of improving stream crossings for fish and wildlife, and for promoting public safety.

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VALHALLA – Updated plans and costs to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge were presented to the public Tuesday night at a forum at Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla.

Brian Conybeare, the special advisor to the governor on the bridge project, presenting updated plans and figures on the bridge, which will begin construction this year.

The Governor of Massachusetts has announced an updated five-year strategic investment plan that includes funding for infrastructure improvement to encourage economic growth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Governor Deval Patrick’s FY 2013 to 2017 Capital Investment Plan calls for billions of public dollars to be invested in transportation, housing, higher education, and infrastructure to boost long-term economic development.

City of Kingston

Officials in the city of Kingston say repair work is expected to begin today on an expanding sinkhole that opened along a busy street. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports…

The sinkhole, formed in April near a city intersection, is being blamed on a leaky tunnel 75 feet deep that was constructed by New York City about 100 years ago.

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    A sweeping economic development bill signed into law this week by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick streamlines state funding for local infrastructure projects. State officials say an example of how it is suppose to work can be found in a Springfield neighborhood  that was ravaged by last year’s tornado.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed his second blue ribbon panel of the week- this time to oversee infrastructure and capital projects including road and bridge repairs for the state.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Governor Cuomo says the task force represents a break from the old way of divvying up money for capital projects like road and bridge repair and new buildings, where each state agency operated in its own little universe.  The governor says there’s a “lot of damage” that needs to be undone.

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