First published: Sunday, October 25, 2009 -- Times Union A bridge is a lifeline.
Four thousand cars a day cross the Champlain Bridge that connects Crown Point on the New York side with Addison, Vt. At least that was the case until Oct. 16, when state engineers declared the bridge unsafe for travel and shut it down indefinitely. Gov. Paterson declared a state disaster emergency, which theoretically triggers all manner of relief and federal funding to restore a lifeline quickly.
Senator Betty Little is pictured with Warren County Clerk Pam Vogel on the West Capitol Park steps in Albany on Monday, November 16.
Vogel, Essex County Clerk Joe Provoncha and more than a dozen county clerks from across the State were in the State's Capital to applaud the reversal of a plan that would have required all motorists to buy new license plates next April.
A statewide petition drive and public outcry has led to the reversal. Senator Little voted against the ill-conceived plan which was included in this year's budget.
“Anyone in Albany who has a doubt about the importance of making bridge repair a priority this year should visit the businesses and families affected by the closure in Crown Point. Or try adding a self-imposed two hour detour to their daily commute for a week or two to get a glimpse of what it means to lose something as vital as a bridge in their community.
ALBANY, NY (06/11/2010)(readMedia)-- New York State Governor David A. Paterson and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas today broke ground on a new Lake Champlain Bridge spanning the lake between Crown Point, New York, and Addison, Vermont. The governors were joined at the site of the approach to the former bridge by state and local elected officials, local business leaders and community members to officially kick-off the start of construction of the new bridge.
State Senator Betty Little said the new state budget will provide a big financial boost for repairing local roads and bridges. Funding will increase $75 million for CHIPS, which stands for Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program. CHIPS funding has remained flat the past five years. The increase brings CHIPS funding for the 2013-14 fiscal year to a little more than $438 million.