BUFFALO, NY – Executives in western New York State continue to emphasize the importance of moving forward with a project to cover part of the Kensington Freeway from Buffalo, which has helped to disconnect the East Side from other parts of the city.
On Monday, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand expressed her support and confidence in the project.
She also spoke about her “Build Local, Hire Local” program which aims to ensure that people from disadvantaged and under-represented communities get construction jobs for these projects supported by the Federal Infrastructure Bill.
Gillibrand says that while New York City doesn’t have a committee to work on prioritizing and securing funding for these projects, like some other states, it is in good shape to secure the resources.
“I think we are in a good position to get this money,” said Gillibrand. “You don’t need a committee. Plus, our state is so diverse that each region will have different priorities anyway, so it’s best to leave it to local officials and local advocates.”
However, a member of the Restore Our Community Coalition, which has been lobbying for the Kensington project for years, expressed some frustration that the New York State Department of Transportation is moving slowly towards making it happen. an environmental impact study that will be necessary to obtain the federal money.