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Maloney Commemorates Six-Month Anniversary of Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act

WASHINGTON, DC – On May 18, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) announced $6.7 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has been allocated to New York in the six months since President Joe Biden signed it into law.

The funding announced over the past six months is just the beginning of transformative investments that will help New York rebuild roads and bridges, replace lead pipes, expand access to high-speed internet, deliver cheaper and cleaner energy to households and businesses, and create good-paying jobs for hardworking families. Nationwide, more than $110 billion has been announced so far, with funding on the way for 4,300 projects impacting over 3,200 communities across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

“For years to come, the investments from this law will continue to rebuild our infrastructure and create good-paying jobs for hardworking New York families,” said Rep. Maloney. “The projects receiving funding in New York are critical – from the expansion of the Second Avenue subway, to the completion of the Gateway Project further connecting New York to the rest of America, and upgrades to modernize JFK and LaGuardia Airports. This historic funding is positioning New York City to thrive and will help secure a prosperous future for all New Yorkers.”

Background:

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Makes the largest federal investment in public transit ever
  • Makes the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak
  • Makes the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system
  • Makes the largest investment in clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in American history, delivering clean water to millions of families
  • Ensures every American has access to reliable high-speed internet
  • Helps us tackle the climate crisis by making the largest investment in clean energy transmission and EV infrastructure in history; electrifying thousands of school and transit buses across the country; and creating a new Grid Development Authority to build a clean, 21st century electric grid

 

New York Infrastructure Needs:

New York received a C- grade on its Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers this year, which detailed many deficiencies that require immediate attention. Below are key statistics on the condition of the infrastructure in our state of New York:

  • 7,292 miles of road and 1,702 bridges are in need of repair
  • 11% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past their useful life
  • 13% percentage of households are without an internet subscription and 31.4% of New Yorkers only have access to one broadband provider with minimally acceptable speeds
  • 7 million renters pay more than 30% of their income in rent due to affordable housing shortages
  • New York needs $22.8 billion in modernization costs to ensure safe drinking water
  • 64% of families have few or no childcare options in their communities, preventing parents from joining the workforce
  • 700,000 veterans live in New York and many rely on VA facilities, which have been chronically underfunded – leading to longer waits and lower quality care
  • An average low-income family in New York currently pays 6-8% of their income toward energy bills because their home has not been sufficiently weatherized
  • New York has experienced 31 extreme weather events in the past decade, which will only increase in frequency and severity due to the climate crisis.

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