The coalition of building and trades organizations that is seeking parity in the funding for Department of Transportation capital projects is praising the Senate-backed budget resolution that adds an additional $3.5 billion to the five-year capital plan.
“The Senate has shown strong, bi-partisan leadership on this issue, with the Senate Democratic Conference also calling for a return to parity,” said Mike Elmendorf of Rebuild NY Now. “While the Assembly budget resolution falls short of parity, it still increases funding for NYSDOT capital from the Executive Budget Proposal.”
The parity push came after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration agreed to a funding boost for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s own capital plan, which spurred calls for increase funding for the DOT capital plan — which largely impacts upstate.
“It is clear that the calls for parity coming from a broad coalition of business, labor, local government and environmental organizations are being heard in the Legislature,” Elmendorf said. “As the budget process continues, we will be working to make sure that the very significant needs of the entire state’s infrastructure are met and that the commitments made to both the NYSDOT and MTA are fully funded. Our communities and our economy depend upon it.”
Cuomo’s $154 billion budget did increase funding for the DOT capital plan, but supporters said it fell short of being on par with the MTA’s own capital funding.