CIC President Ross Pepe joined contractors, labor unions, elected officials, business groups and more in Yonkers on Wednesday, December 16 urging state lawmakers to fix the State’s infrastructure as part of the “Rebuild New York” Campaign.
“The story is clear, investment in infrastructure leads to economic development, jobs, growth and opportunity. We urge state government to look at the 28 billion dollar program that needs to be funded by the State of New York to Rebuild New York” – Ross Pepe, Construction Industry Council President
“Infrastructure is one of the biggest factors when a company decides to relocate – or not – and that’s why its so important”, said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to those who understand that investment in this state’s infrastructure is a wise investment. These are long-term projects that will have value for years to come, and it’s smart, intelligent government.” – George Latimer, New York State Senator.
“New York State is only going to succeed if we make wise investments in our capital infrastructure…this is what is going to keep our state strong economically and be able to attract businesses with good paying jobs. This is a win-win for New York State…Let’s Rebuild New York” – New York State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer.
“87% of the roads and half of the bridges in this State are owned by local government. For most counties the largest portion of their budget is devoted to highway budgets. Even with recent increases in the CHIPS program, we can treat only a fraction of the mileage that we used to just a few years ago. The York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways supports Rebuild New York”. – Michael O’Connor, Ossining Superintendent of Highways
“What we need to do is be able to take businesses over bridges like this and over roads in Yonkers and throughout Westchester and see they are strong, they see they are vital and they won’t be an impediment to their businesses…this funding for infrastructure in Westchester County and the region is simply a no brainer.” – John Ravitz, Westchester Business Council