Griffo Calls For Action To Build Rooftop Highway Across North Country
(Albany) Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R,I,C -Rome) today announced that he has urged Governor David Paterson to move forward as quickly as possible to use the unique opportunity created by federal stimulus money to implement plans to construct a Rooftop Highway across Northern New York that would offer much-needed connections between Interstates 81 and 87.
Posted by Jude Seymour on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today reiterated his objection to the state’s sweep of highway and bridge funds, following a state comptroller’s report that revealed just 22 percent of motorist taxes and fees are being used for capital construction project.
“Motorists paid $3.8 billion last year in state taxes and fees on travel-related items such as gas, vehicle licensing and rental cars. That money is supposed to go toward making bridges and highways safer,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “Instead, the money is being taken to pay for past borrowing as well as operating costs of state agencies – at the expense of our infrastructure.”
Posted by Jude Seymour on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
"State Sen. Joseph Griffo is dead-on in his criticism of the state's ongoing raid on highway and bridge funds. Our infrastructure is a mess and requires every tax dollar and fee collected to make improvements. Our infrastructure is a mess and requires every tax dollar and fee collected to make improvements.
"And we second Griffo's call for legislation that will protect taxpayers' money and make sure it goes where it should."
Posted by Jude Seymour on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
ALBANY – The New York State Senate passed a bill Monday that would benefit local highway departments by reducing its costs and its legal liabilities.
Senator Joseph A. Griffo is sponsor of the bill (S.1965), which would amend highway law to create a new definition: a low-volume road, which would apply to roads where less than 400 vehicles drive daily.
The bill would save municipalities money by allowing their highway departments to perform less maintenance, such as plowing and grading, on these less utilized roads.
On this week's episode, Senator Griffo breaks down the budget - taxes, spending, education, Common Core, higher ed, health care, agriculture, transporation and ethics.
With I Love My Parks Day upcoming, Griffo explains what state legislators are doing for the environment and for state parks. And finally, the senator recaps a forum on heroin and opioid abuse that he recently hosted in Utica.
Senator Griffo discusses his recently-passed legislation on low-volume roads and violent felony offenders, before introducing Jason Robinson. Robinson, 11, is a very inspiring 11-year-old boy. Born with a rare form of spina bifida, he was the youngest person to ever finish the 15-kilometer Boilermaker Road Race.