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Click here to learn more about our Local Roads are Essential 2022 Advocacy efforts.  

Update - 3/28/22

It is vitally important that state officials hear our message coming from their constituents across the length and breadth of New York State!  Below please find some sample messaging and links that you can use in sending out and connecting across your social media platforms. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated!

INCREASE IN CHIPS 

Message 1:

According to a recent poll, 73% of NYers support increased investment in local roads and bridges. For all communities, that means more money for the state's CHIPS program. #WeNeedMoreCHIPS #LocalRoadsAreEssential  

Link: http://www.rebuildnynow.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Rebuild-NY-January-2022-Survey.pdf   

Message 2:

Two-thirds of NYers feel that Albany doesn't spend enough on our local roads and bridges. They're right! That's why we're calling on state leaders to make a bigger investment in programs like CHIPS.  #WeNeedMoreCHIPS #LocalRoadsAreEssential 

Link: http://www.rebuildnynow.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Rebuild-NY-January-2022-Survey.pdf     

Message 3:

Did you know that 90% of NY's local roads are ineligible for federal funding? That's why state programs like CHIPS are so important for millions of motorists. Fixing roads and bridges across NY is essential. #WeNeedMoreCHIPS #LocalRoadsAreEssential 

Link: https://countyhwys.org/local-roads-are-essential 

Message 4:

Over the last year, the cost of highway and street construction materials has increased by 30%. In order to repair and maintain local roads and bridges, we need Albany to invest in essential programs like CHIPS. #WeNeedMoreCHIPS #LocalRoadsAreEssential 

Link: https://countyhwys.org/local-roads-are-essential 

Message 5:

Millions of NYers - including first responders and teachers - use local roads and bridges every day. Let's keep them safe by essential funding programs like CHIPS. Together, we can keep New York moving forward. #WeNeedMoreCHIPS #LocalRoadsAreEssential 

Link: https://countyhwys.org/local-roads-are-essential 

POP FORMULA 

Message 1: 

Pothole season is in full bloom and it’s costing NY drivers BILLIONS every year: https://tripnet.org/reports/news-release-new-york-state-motorists-lose-28-billion-annually-up-to-3200-per-driver-on-roads-that-are-deteriorated-congested-lack-some-desirable-safety-features/ Using the CHIPS/EWR formula, Albany can #PaveOurPotholes and keep NY moving forward. 

Message 2: 

Drivers across NY are fed up with potholes that are popping up everywhere! We need Albany to deliver fair funding for #PaveOurPotholes. The CHIPS/EWR formula does the job. #WorstPotholeSeasonEver 

Link: https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/aaa-new-york-potholes-car-damage/ 

Message 3: 

The newly proposed $100 million for Operation #PaveOurPotholes funding program should be equitably distributed to all NY’s municipalities through the CHIPS/EWR Formula. #LocalRoadsareEssential 

Link: https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/buffalo/buffalo-road-crews-tackle-pesky-potholes-throughout-the-city/

Update - 3/16/22 

Statement from NYSCHSA and NYSAOTSOH on Local Roads Are Essential 

Governor Kathy Hochul’s Executive Budget recognizes the vast needs of the local transportation system by including a 20% overall funding increase.  We commend Senate Transportation Chair Timothy Kennedy and the Senate Leaders for supporting further increases for local roads. Likewise, we appreciate Assembly Transportation Chair William Magnarelli and Assembly Leaders for backing more transportation funding above the Executive levels as well. This year, with the infusion of significant federal infrastructure investments that will greatly benefit the State Department of Transportation’s system, we have a short window of opportunity to increase state dollars to local transportation programs. Making critical, needs-based investments now will pay dividends for the next generation by modernizing and building resiliency into our aging and ailing statewide transportation system. This will immediately help to retain and create construction jobs and boost economic development in our communities. Enhanced CHIPS and Extreme Winter Recovery funds as proposed by the Senate is consistent with what highway professionals determine is needed over the next five years to truly make a difference in the condition, functionality and safety of our highways, bridges and culverts for several decades to benefit the next generation. We are urging that, during the three-way negotiations, the Executive and lawmakers adopt the local highway funding increases contained in the Senate one house bill as part of the final budget.