SYRACUSE, N.Y. - As state legislators near the finish line of their budget negotiations, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner this morning hosted a news conference to repeat her call to increase funding for roads, water lines and other infrastructure.
Miner was joined at city hall by representatives from labor unions and a construction company, all members of the Rebuild NY Now coalition. They urged legislators to use some or all of the state's $5 billion windfall from bank settlements to beef up spending on infrastructure.
"As many of you know, I have been talking about this issue for months if not years now,'' Miner said. "We see firsthand on our streets both potholes and broken water mains, and the issue that infrastructure has on our ability to function as a city.''
Miner, who hosted a similar news conference in December, said she wanted to keep the pressure on state lawmakers to provide money for infrastructure.
"It is important that the people of our community know that right now these decisions are being made,'' Miner said.
She said today that she has a commitment from Syracuse-area legislators that they will take up the fight. State Sen. John DeFrancisco, in particular, chairman of the finance committee, has been a "stalwart'' supporter, she said.
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