Since 2011, the Town Board in Brookhaven has increased road resurfacing from $11 million to $18 million last year and despite the town board's efforts, no one knows where that money is being spent and the current Highway Superintendent likes this shroud of secrecy over your tax dollars. My "Worst To First" Initiative would publicly post where every cent of your tax dollars are going and would provide you with a detailed analysis of the worst roads and when we would be able to repair them on an accurate timeline. There's no excuse not to be transparent with your tax dollars and it's time for new leadership who understands and will work toward that principle through policy enactments.
The state has increased the Extreme Winter Recovery Repair funds by $65 million statewide. However, this is still subject to the standard CHIPS funding formula, a formula that allocates more money to upstate counties that have 1/10th the population of Brookhaven Town! I reiterate that labeling an area as a town versus a county should have minimal bearing on the funding received from NYS. Brookhaven is larger than Nassau County and has more lane miles of road than Nassau and Suffolk County! The amount of roads our town is expected to maintain pales in comparison to the amount of money we received annually.
While I applaud our hard working legislators in increasing the EWRR funding to help with this herculean effort to fix our roads, we really need to look at the CHIPS formula and increase the funding for the program for downstate. While $477 million seems like a large amount of money, it is a rounding error in a $175 billion budget.
If you elect me as your Highway Superintendent on November 5th, I will fight for every dollar and ensure our legislators understand our concerns for better roads. Investment in our roads today paves the way for a smoother tomorrow for your families, for our business owners, and of course, for your vehicles!