A coalition of construction and business groups this week launched a renewed effort to push for infrastructure investments in New York, including an ad campaign highlighting the potential job creation and environmental and health hazards that need to be fixed.
“New York has critical infrastructure needs and it is no surprise that it has one of the worst rankings in structurally deficient bridges and roads,” said Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO of Rebuild New York Now.
“Our communities suffer and the social injustice continues as some of the most decaying infrastructure is concentrated in low-income areas. Investing in infrastructure projects right here in Buffalo and the rest of Western New York is the right thing to do to tackle safety and health hazards that impede New Yorkers from a higher quality of life.”
The effort launched in Buffalo, with officials pointing to the need to fix streets in the city’s downtown, even as major investments like a medical campus and housing have been made within the last decade.
The campaign pointed to studies that have shown that $1 billion of infrastructure development can led to the creation of the more than 28,000 jobs.
“In every corner of New York State, roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure are in desperate need for attention and repair,” said Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes. “I commend the Rebuild NY Now coalition for raising awareness about the immediate needs of the state’s infrastructure and helping to put people to work, reconnect communities, and ensure the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers.