At last Wednesday’s joint legislative budget hearings, Mayors from the state’s largest cities urged the state Legislature to provide more state aid and increase their funding for infrastructure projects.

The mayors of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Yonkers urged lawmakers to help their cities.  The Upstate Mayors cited growing costs and limited revenue, rising poverty and crumbling roads and bridges. The Mayors asked the legislators to increase the $715 million in aid that local governments collectively receive each year from the state, which has not been increased since 2009.

We support their call for the state to invest a portion of its multi-billion dollar windfall in real infrastructure projects. Doing so will not only help put people to work, it will ensure that the monies the state is spending on economic development have the foundation they need to succeed.

For more on this issue, please see our January 2015 report, titled Invest in New York’s Infrastructure.