Last week, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner released the “Syracuse Billion Agenda,” which focuses mostly on infrastructure funding.

Her proposal comes after Gov. Cuomo last month proposed a $1.5 billion ‘upstate revitalization fund,’ along the lines of the “Buffalo Billion” that he announced for the city of Buffalo two years ago. Cuomo challenged the city of Syracuse to come up with an ambitious plan, and Miner responded with this proposal.

Highlights of Mayor Miner’s plan include $725 million for water main replacement; $48 million for road replacement; $125 million for a project to use Skaneateles Lake water to cool city buildings; and $84 million for a municipally-owned fiber network to provide high speed Internet access.

Unshackle Upstate supports using the state’s one-time budget surplus to make much-needed infrastructure improvements.  But this money needs to be spent throughout the state – not just in a single city.  And in 2015, we will be pushing for lawmakers to do just that.