Albany, NY – A year to the day Daniel P. Losquadro was first elected to serve as Brookhaven Town Superintendent of Highways, he was back in Albany advocating for New York State to increase funding for local roadways.
“Prior to my departure from the Assembly one year ago, we had negotiated the first increase in local road funding in many years,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “While it was a step in the right direction, the state needs to invest a lot more towards improving the infrastructure of our local communities.”
When Superintendent Losquadro took over the Brookhaven Highway Department in March 2013, there were approximately one thousand roads on the Town’s high priority paving list. Last year the Highway Department had a total of $13.5 million dollars between Town and State Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement (CHIPS) funding in its paving budget. In order to have addressed all these roads, it would cost almost $100 million. With the historically harsh winter Brookhaven has endured, even more roads are now in need of repair.
“Outside of the New York State and New York City Highway Departments, Brookhaven is the largest Highway Department in the State,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “We did a great job of stretching our budget to pave approximately sixty miles of roadways last year. This was more than the previous two years combined. However, in order to put the Department in a position where it can continually decrease the amount of roadways that need to be repaved each year, while reducing the burden of costs to local taxpayers, it is imperative for New York State to increase its funding to local municipalities.”