I testified at the Westchester State Assembly delegation budget hearing this morning about the deplorable condition of NYS owned roads located in Greenburgh. I would like to urge the State Legislature to mandate that the NYS Department of Transportation conduct an audit of all NYS roads under their jurisdiction and present the legislature with an annual road report of conditions of each of the roads.
Members of the Assembly pointed out that Greenburgh is not alone –other communities are experiencing similar problems with state owned roads. Assemblyman Tom Abinanti is suggesting that NYS pay local governments to repave and maintain roads that the state owns. Assemblywoman Sandra Galef asked if the time has come to ask voters to approve a road repaving bond act –a suggestion that I have previously endorsed.
I have highlighted, in the past, the deplorable conditions of NYS roads located within the town of Greenburgh. NYS owned roads located in localities in Westchester are fill of potholes, craters, bumps. Motorists have shared horror stories with me -- tires have been destroyed. It could be dangerous for motorists and motorcyclists.
I asked the Greenburgh town engineers to evaluate road conditions and they mention that some of the roads that NYS owns are beyond repair: milling and repaving won't do the trick. The roads have to be rebuilt. By delaying infrastructure work the costs increase.
I believe that an annual inventory of all NYS roads will provide the Legislature with important information that will help you during the budget process. It would be interesting to compare roads that NYS owns that are located in Westchester with roads located in other parts of NYS.
The following is a link to a report that Greenburgh public works department published last year about NYS roads in Greenburgh.
Thank you for your consideration
Greenburgh Town Supervisor