City Engineer Kevin Farrington said that with 66 miles of roads to maintain in the city, every bit of funding helps.
“We put it to good use,” he said. “We stretch it as much as we can.”
Essex County will see $723,448 more, for an increase of about 23.8 percent.
Douglas said the county has been lobbying the state for the past few years for more money.
“This is just wonderful news, and we can’t thank the governor enough because this was desperately needed,” Douglas said.
The county will get $387,000 of the increase, and the 18 towns will see a total of $317,532. The two villages will share about $19,000.
Franklin County will get $785,747 more this year, for an increase of about 24.3 percent.
The county will see $291,647 of that money, and the 19 towns will share $409,743. The five villages will divide $84,356.
Legislature Chairman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) said the increase in funding is very welcome.
“Obviously there are a lot of roads and bridges that need work in the county and in the towns,” he said.
Jones said that ensuring the roads and bridges are safe is one of the most important aspects of local government.
“It’s one of the few things where taxpayers can actually see their investments because everybody travels on these roads to get to work, to go to sports, to bring their kids to school, and it’s what they see,” he said.
“They can see their tax dollars at work.”
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