March 15, 2016

flanagan.pngFlanagan Calls for 5-Year DOT Plan & Signed MOU

LICA’s 2016 Annual Meeting & State Budget Review played host to several elected officials and special guests, including keynote speaker Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan. The Senator spoke candidly about the challenges of the budgetary process in Albany and some of the related issues that directly affect our industry, including the Governor’s refusal to sign a transportation MOU (Memorandum of Understanding: an agreement between executive and legislative houses to identify specific capital projects) last year, and the lack of a 5 year DOT plan which would allow both municipalities and contractors to plan ahead and execute projects in a more timely fashion. The Senator clearly understands how the lack of an MOU and other delays in Albany have had a negative impact “in the real world” and has vowed to continue the fight to remedy those issues. Ideally, he would like to see an MOU signed and delivered in unison with the budget, in order to accelerate the timeline for getting projects and funding “out the door” to the industry, in time for the pending construction season. He noted his upcoming meeting with his finance committee and promised to follow up with LICA shortly about his progress and proposals, while acknowledging that the next few weeks of budget deliberations are sure to be a battle on many fronts. Read the just-released NYS Senate Budget Response Resolution here.

View photos from the dinner event here. LICA would of course like to thank all our sponsors and everyone who attended, including Senator Tom Croci, Senator Michael Venditto, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone as well as the following members of the Assembly: David McDonough, Michael Fitzpatrick, Andrew Raia, Joseph Saladino and Kimberly Jean-Pierre

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