U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly has obtained more than $37 million in federal funds to support widespread transportation needs in Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Westchester Counties through legislation that gained final Congressional approval on July 29 and was signed into law by President Bush on August 10. It includes $2 million for the reconstruction of Old Route 9 at the entrance of Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson.
The funding was approved by Congress on a project-by-project basis, based on transportation project cost estimates by the individual town or village.
“Hudson Valley residents send enough of their hard-earned money to Washington, so it is very important to fight for our fair share of federal transportation funds to repair our roads, eliminate congestion at our intersections, and improve our area bridges,” Kelly said. “This much-needed federal money will benefit residents and communities throughout the Hudson Valley, and it helps our towns and villages make necessary road improvements without having to collect extra local taxes from area residents.”
Among specific local transportation needs for which Kelly obtained funding in the bill:
Westchester County: Kelly wrote provisions into the bill to obtain $920,000 for Westchester County to reconstruct Lexington Avenue in Mount Kisco and June Road in North Salem; $2 million for the reconstruction of Old Route 9 at the entrance of Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson; $1.525 million for transportation-related improvements in Yorktown; $1.244 million for several road construction projects in Cortlandt; and nearly $1 million for road improvements and transportation needs in Peekskill.