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A group of construction contractors, labor unions, local transportation officials and business groups have banded together to encourage state lawmakers in New York to invest in the state's aging roads, bridges and highways.

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko has introduced a bill that would boost funding for clean water projects. The Democrat joined a coalition of bipartisan leaders from across the Capital Region whose communities are grappling with failing infrastructure.

  Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. During her time as New York City’s Transportation Commissioner from 2007 to 2013, under former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Janette Sadik-Khan transformed the streets of one of the world’s toughest cities into dynamic spaces that are safe for pedestrians and bikers. Now a principal with Bloomberg Associates, Sadik-Khan works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities.

In Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, Sadik-Khan provides a roadmap for rethinking, reinvigorating, and redesigning city streets across the country to function better for the people and communities that use them. The book was co-authored by Seth Solomonow who joins us along with Janette Sakid-Khan.

As infrastructure failures plague Troy, city leaders are working together to address the crisis.

  Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling. The American Society of Civil Engineers has, in its latest report, given American roads and bridges a grade of D and C+, respectively, and has described roughly sixty-five thousand bridges in the United States as "structurally deficient." This crisis shows little sign of abating short of a massive change in attitude amongst politicians and the American public.

In The Road Taken, historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from historical and contemporary perspectives and explains how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Recounting the long history behind America's highway system, Petroski reveals the genesis of our interstate numbering system (even roads go east-west, odd go north-south), the inspiration behind the center line that has divided roads for decades, and the creation of such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and traffic lights--all crucial parts of our national and local infrastructure.

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University.

Crews will be working to repair a large sink hole in a street in Troy,  where another infrastructure failure last month cut off the water supply to nearby communities.

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Albany's South Mall Expressway is about to undergo a rehabilitation. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the $22.4 million project for the stretch of road that connects the Empire State Plaza, Interstate 787, the Dunn Memorial Bridge, and Albany's downtown.

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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden gave his first State of the City address Thursday night.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
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Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan gave her annual State of the Town address last night.

Tonko and the Mayor
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Congressman Paul Tonko toured the Lansingburgh site where crews are repairing a 110-year old 33-inch water main that ruptured over the weekend.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
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Crews are at the scene preparing to fix a ruptured water main that flooded homes and businesses in the Lansingburgh section of Troy over the weekend.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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Citywide water restriction remains in place in Troy, where Mayor Patrick Madden tells residents to expect pressure fluctuations and discolored water following the rupture of a major main Saturday morning.

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A Central New York Mayor and a Capital Region Congressman are advocating for a new federally funded tool to ensure communities across New York and the U.S. have access to clean drinking water.

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  How safe is that four-lane highway you take to work? 

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about the recently passed transportation bill.

There are a number of iconic elements that make up New York City, The Empire State Building, Time Square, Rockefeller Center, The Statue of Liberty, but long before these landmarks could come to define "The Big City" its very structure had to be developed. The new book City on a Grid: How New York Became New York, tells just that story. How New York City's streets came to form its rectilinear grid that millions of people now walk through everyday.

Bicycle enthusiasts are pressing for the upcoming "Road Diet" recommended for Albany's busy Madison Avenue to include protected bike lanes.

Officials gather at the Albany County Office Building
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Experts agree that our nation’s infrastructure is aging into often unsafe conditions. A group including several local elected officials known as the Rebuild New York Now coalition today called on the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to address the issue in the next budget when the legislature reconvenes in January.

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  It’s one of the most important pieces of infrastructure for millions of New Yorkers.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about progress on the new New York bridge.

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New York State Department of Transportation officials say work is nearly completed on the replacement of two critical bridges on one of the busiest stretches of highway upstate.  The $22 million project in the town of Colonie is on track to be finished by the end of the month.

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The pressure is on lawmakers in Washington to pass a long-term transportation funding bill: New York's roads and bridges are in a state of deep disrepair .

Close Call In Albany

Aug 7, 2015
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It was a miracle of sorts on a busy Albany street. Two light poles collapsed Tuesday afternoon, falling into traffic, but no one was hurt.


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for a new measure that will give states the authority to use more federal funds on local bridge improvement projects.

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
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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.

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.