ALBANY, NY (WENY) — Over a decade ago the New York legislature signed into law the Complete Streets Act. It aims to enable safe access to public roads for all roadway users including pedestrians and bicyclists.
Following the passing of legislation in December to increase funding by seven percent, Gov. Hochul proposes $5 million in new funding for Complete Streets programs in her executive budget.
Some lawmakers said this is a step in the right direction but feel the governor’s transportation budget falls flat for the infrastructure needs in upstate counties.
“I certainly am supportive of the Complete Streets Program and that needs to be part of the equation but if Gov. Hochul is not providing this infrastructure funding for local towns, villages, and counties, and cities then it’s going to be problematic for them to do any of this work,” said Assembly Member Phil Palmesano (R-Corning).
In a transportation budget hearing earlier this week, the New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner said Gov. Hochul’s funding will help develop projects and educate communities on Complete Streets.
Diana Alati lost her son three years ago when a car hit him while riding his bike across the street. She said Complete Streets programs are essential to the well-being of New York communities.
“For the adults, children–no one deserves to die the way my son did,” she said.
Alati added the progress on funding for Complete Streets is positive but there is more work to be done.
Following the budget hearing Monday, the Senate and the Assembly will draft and deliver their one-house budget resolutions and then begin the process of negotiations with the governor.
The final budget plan is due on April 1.