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‘People need to see results’: local officials hopeful national infrastructure bill delivers change

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 10:46 AM EST
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(WBNG) -- Millions of dollars are expected to be spent in the Southern Tier, and local representatives are excited by the potential for real progress to be made.

Senator Chuck Schumer’s office (D, NY) told 12 News New York is expected to receive almost $90B as part of the recently-passed, national infrastructure bill.

His office said the money will be divvied up amongst several different priorities, including traditional infrastructure such as roads, bridges and airports, but also funding for broadband and clean water infrastructure.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D, District 123) said Monday she is excited about the bill’s possibilities.

“I was very happy they were able to come to an agreement on this, it’s so very important,” Lupardo said. “My constituents, people across the state and across the country were really insisting on this; we need historic investments in roads, bridges, airports, infrastructure, broadband and the like, and they finally delivered.”

Assemblyman Joe Angelino (R, District 122) said he has some reservations about the cost of the bill and its potential to incur additional debt, but now that it has passed he said he hopes it will deliver results for the Southern Tier.

“We all learned how terrible our broadband infrastructure is,” Angelino said. “The impact for our rural area is going to be huge.”

Both representatives told 12 News they are particularly hopeful regarding the bill’s provisions for clean water and broadband, both in rural and suburban/urban areas.