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News release from state Senator Michael Ranzenhofer's Office:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 State Budget will provide an additional $40 million to help municipalities repair potholes and road surface damage caused by the harsh winter weather.

“While spring has finally arrived, the aftermath of a brutal winter still remains. There are still a significant number of potholes and surface damage all over the roadways.  At the same time, the harsh winter has depleted municipalities’ budgets to repair roads,” said Ranzenhofer.  “These investments will benefit towns and villages throughout Genesee County so that new infrastructure repair projects can be undertaken.”

The 2014-15 State Budget includes $40 million in Extreme Winter Weather Assistance Capital and $438 million for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).  The new budget maintains a record level of funding for the CHIPS program for a second consecutive year.  The 2012-13 State Budget first increased CHIPS funding by $75 million.

Breakdown: CHIPS/Extreme Winter Weather Assistance by Municipality

Municipality
2013-14 State Budget ($)
2014-15 State Budget ($)
Year-over-year Change ($)
Percent Change
Genesee County
1,674,922
1,823,766
148,844
8.89
City of Batavia
308,736
337,343
28,607
9.27
Town of Alabama
85,971
95,945
9,974
11.60
Town of Alexander
89,208
99,405
10,197
11.43
Town of Batavia
103,681
115,241
11,560
11.15
Town of Bergen
49,382
55,025
5,643
11.43
Town of Bethany
78,161
86,815
8,655
11.07
Town of Byron
96,201
107,622
11,421
11.87
Town of Darien
105,413
117,649
12,236
11.61
Town of Elba
76,621
85,738
9,117
11.90
Town of LeRoy
100,215
111,698
11,483
11.46
Town of Oakfield
50,614
56,278
5,664
11.19
Town of Pavilion
103,501
115,242
11,741
11.34
Town of Pembroke
95,732
106,478
10,746
11.22
Town of Stafford
95,234
106,160
10,926
11.47
Village of Alexander
8,879
9,861
982
11.05
Village of Bergen
19,679
21,685
2,006
10.20
Village of Corfu
13,354
14,920
1,566
11.72
Village of Elba
8,932
9,842
910
10.19
Village of Le Roy
74,672
83,020
8,348
11.18
Village of Oakfield
28,029
31,203
3,174
11.32

In addition to these initiatives, the State Budget provides ways to keep roads and drivers safe. More funding has been allocated towards curtailing dangerous texting-while-driving.  Young and new drivers convicted of texting-while-driving will have their licenses suspended for 120 days for a first-time offense and one year for a second-time offense.
 
The New York State Legislature started the CHIPS program in 1981.  The CHIPS program provides funding for the repair of highways, bridges and roads operated by local governments.
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