SENATOR MURPHY ANNOUNCES CHIPS FUNDING BEEKMAN TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $133K TO REPAIR ROADS
Beekman, NY – Potholes seem to worsen each year under the duress of bad winter weather and municipalities struggle to fund road resurfacing and repaving projects. The Consolidated Local Streets and Highway Program (CHIPS) is a State program that provides funding for such initiatives, and it saw a big increase in this year’s State budget.
State Senator Terrence Murphy joined Barbara Zulauf, Supervisor of Beekman to highlight the $133,355 in funding for Beekman included in the 2015-16 state budget. The number is part of $488 million in CHIPS funding to support local roads and bridges, which is $50 million more than originally proposed by the Governor.
“Coming from a local government background myself, I understand the need to provide relief to our local governments,” Murphy said. “I’m proud to partner with Supervisor Zulauf to work together to support our ailing infrastructure. Local roads matter.”
“The roads and infrastructure are very important to the residents of Beekman. The highway superintendent and his crew understand this importance,” Zulauf said. “They will appreciate and use this money to improve and maintain the roads for the residents of Beekman. We have been known to have well maintained roads in Dutchess County and this money will be put to good use to maintain that status.”
In addition to the CHIPS money, $1 billion in funding was allocated by the Senate to repair bridges across the state, an increase of $250 million over what was proposed. The money came from last year’s landfall legal settlements, including BNP Paribas.