New Poll from LICA Details What Voters Think About Their Public Infrastructure and the Elected Officials Who Maintain It

From:   Long Island Contractors Association    

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New Poll from LICA Details What Voters Think About Their Public Infrastructure and the Elected Officials Who Maintain It

 

65% Would Consider Voting Against an Elected Official Who Intentionally Doesn't Repair Roads

 

90% Believe Roads and Infrastructure are Essential Services of Local Government

 

(Hauppauge, New York) - The Long Island Contractors’ Association (LICA) today announced the results of a poll it commissioned to gauge what Long Island voters think about their public infrastructure and the elected officials who maintain it. The results overwhelmingly showed that voters believe roads and infrastructure are essential services of local government and provided strong caution to elected officials who willingly neglect roads, with 65% of respondents saying they would consider voting against an elected official who intentionally doesn't repair roads.

 

“With election season upon us, the poll clearly shows that public roads and infrastructure are critical issues to Long Island voters,” said LICA’s Executive Director Marc Herbst. “Politicians from all parties should make it clear that they intend to prioritize funding for the infrastructure projects that are essential to the region’s economy and the jobs of those that live here.”

 

The poll was conducted based on interviews with 600 voters from a cross section of Long Island towns. The results showed that:

 

  • 44% are dissatisfied with their Town roads

     

  • 84% believe good roads are essential to job growth and strong property values

 

  • 90% believe roads and infrastructure are essential services of local government

 

  • 65% would consider voting against an elected official who intentionally doesn't repair roads

 

  • 47% believe less money is being spent by the town and county on roads

 

  • 48% have incurred expenses to their car due to road conditions

 

  • 65% believe local construction companies should be given an advantage in bidding for road work

 

  • 49% agree that when they travel, they notice how much better shape the roads are in

     

    In rating the conditions of their roads, with the exception of North Hempstead, Nassau County did notably worse than Suffolk County.  In Suffolk County, Islip did notably worse than the other big western towns did:

     

    Town          Poor     Terrible    Combined

    Glen Cove      33%       17%          50%

    Long Beach      0%       43%          43%

    Oyster Bay     16%       18%          34%

    Hempstead      16%       14%          30%

    Islip                 15%        9%          24%

     

    In stating their dissatisfaction with their roads, the 4 worst towns were:

     

    Town         Dissatisfied

    Oyster Bay       58%

    Brookhaven       52%

    Hempstead        48%

    Islip                 47%

     

    About LICA

    LICA, the voice of Long Island’s highway and infrastructure professionals, is comprised of more than140 member firms, contributing $3.8 billion in economic activity to the Long Island economy. LICA represents the interests of the region’s premier heavy construction general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and industry supporters, focused primarily in the transportation infrastructure construction industry, such as highways, bridges, sewers and other public works. LICA’s member companies play a significant role in the economic vitality of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Visit www.licanys.org.

     

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