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Castelli Praises Transit Provision in State Budget

Assembly member Robert J. Castelli considers the transit-infrastructure provision New York Works to be a key part of the 2012-13 state budget, which was approved Friday. The transit funding program was developed to expedite major construction projects in the Hudson Valley, including the Tappan Zee Bridge project.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the infrastructure fund will be used for 115 bridges and 2,000 miles of roads. The fund is made up of $1.2 billion in state money, $1 billion in federal funding, $9.3 billion from the state’s authorities and $3.5 billion from private industry.

Castelli (R, C-Goldens Bridge), who represents the 89th District, which includes Mount Kisco and Bedford, said in a news release Wednesday that he strongly supports the New York Works bill.

“By streamlining the state’s ability to enhance our region’s transportation system, New York Works will help to create good-paying construction jobs while laying the foundation for a stronger economy moving forward,” Castelli said.

Another focus of Castelli’s this budget season was defeated in the Assembly. He joined other Assembly Republicans Wednesday in offering a budget amendment that called for a three-year moratorium on unfunded state mandates on local governments and to repeal existing unfunded mandates.

“Unfunded state mandates continue to strain our local governments and school district budgets, placing enormous burdens on Westchester homeowners,” Castelli said in a news release.

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