Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 04 April 2013 00:00
Swerving to avoid potholes may become less of a problem this year, as Westbury was recently given over $250,000 in funds to maintain roads and highways. Senator Jack Martins recently announced that as lawmakers are finalizing the state budget, the plan includes a significant amount of increased funding for CHIPS (Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program) funding. This funding will allow local governments to support repairs to highways, bridges and roads.
Westbury mayor Peter Cavallaro says that with 43 miles of road in the village of Westbury, every dollar helps.
“This is one of the most important sources of state aid we get as villages. It’s very expensive for us to do roadwork so this is a big benefit for us and we’re going to do more work than we’ve done in the past years. This increase is going to have a very big impact,” Cavallaro said.
The mayor said that improvements will be spread out to different parts of the village, and noted that he is grateful for the Senator’s work in getting the additional funding.
“We’re grateful for Senator Martins getting the state to recognize the need for this type of work,” Cavallaro said.
Not only will the funding make it easier on tires, but it is also expected to boost the economy and job creation.
“Giving our communities here in the Seventh Senate District and throughout the state the ability to invest in their infrastructure will go a long way in growing our local economies in addition to our statewide economy,” Martins said.
Each village in the seventh senate district saw at least a 20 percent increase in their CHIPS funding. Westbury received almost 24 percent more than last year, which comes out to about $48,700. Nassau County will see a $793,000 increase, and the town of North Hempstead was granted $140,000 additional CHIPS funding.