Infrastructure Bill Could Benefit New York

It’s good to see Chautauqua County has a lower percentage of structurally deficient bridges than the state average.

Thirty-five of the 307 county-owned bridges are functionally obsolete, according to a recent report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Many counties have much higher percentages of bridges that need to be replaced, with a total price tag of $27.4 billion statewide. While Chautauqua County has fared better than its counterparts with bridge work, George Spanos, county public facilities director, told The Post-Journal the need still exceeds what the state is able to provide in funding.

President Donald Trump has proposed leveraging $200 billion in government spending into $1 trillion of projects to privatize the air traffic control system, strengthen rural infrastructure and repair bridges, roads and waterways. The president wants to spend money on infrastructure. New York state needs money for infrastructure, and we’re sure New York isn’t alone. It would seem to be a match made in heaven. If national elected leaders can’t figure out how to get an infrastructure bill done, they should all be thrown out of office.