The Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley Inc. is hailing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed 2021-22 state budget released this week as “another clear example of the administration’s commitment to revitalize New York’s dynamism.”
“We applaud the governor’s call to fully fund the second year of the $11.9 billion, two-year Department of Transportation capital plan through robust investments in our transportation and infrastructure facilities,” said John Cooney, Jr., Executive Director of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley, a leading business trade organization in the region.
“The construction industry has long served as a driver to reinvigorate employment and stimulate the economy. The Cuomo budget will put workers back on payrolls and make possible needed state and regional project work and improvements in mobility throughout the mid-Hudson region and its extensive networks highways, local roadways and bridges.”
Cooney termed the Executive Budget proposal “both fiscally responsible and responsive to today’s challenges,” but cautioned “extra effort must be taken by our congressional delegation in Washington if we are to see a return to pre-pandemic prosperity following the protracted and widespread hardships inflicted by the COVID-19 crisis.”
“Gov. Cuomo has amplified President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ appeal to all America, and we as leaders of the region’s contracting community will be joined by our partners in organized labor and other sectors in the fight to secure new federal relief aid and opportunities for all New Yorkers,” Cooney said. “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment in our history, and we’re inspired to see Gov. Cuomo has again done his part.”