Governorís CHIPs cuts would slash $1.47 million from Chenangoís roads

NORWICH Ė Fewer miles of county and municipal roads will be maintained this year if Gov. David Patersonís proposed highway cuts make it through the upcoming legislative budgeting season.

The suggested cuts specifically target the New York State Department of Transportationís Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPs. When combined, $1.47 million would be slashed from Chenango Countyís entire highway infrastructure.

The proposal, distributed to municipalities last week, suggests some of the following percentage cuts: Chenango County, -27.39; the City of Norwich, -31.81; the Town of Greene, -41.90; the Town of Guilford, -42.03; and the Town of Norwich, -42.73. The Town of McDonough would loose the most CHIPs funding, at -43.45 percent.

If passed by the stateís legislature, the proposal would be in effect from April 2009 to April 2010.

ďIím hoping it doesnít (happen). The governor has everyoneís interests at heart, but itís the wrong way to go about it. Without our infrastructure, we canít get people to come in here and invest. I hope that cooler minds prevail,Ē said Sherburne Superintendent of Highways Robert Brunschmid, whose town stands to loose about 42 percent.

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