I spoke at a press conference in Elmsford organized by Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Council members Kevin Morgan and Francis Sheehan also participated. Our goal: we're pushing for an immediate reauthorization of federal transportation programs which will expire on June 30th without action by the United States Congress. The House of Representatives is currently operating on its ninth extension since the law expired on September 30, 2009.
The extension of this law is very important to the town of Greenburgh. One of goals: to obtain federal funding for a major road construction project that could reduce traffic congestion on 9A. The 9A bypass project has been targetted as a necessary road improvement for many years. The bypass would reduce traffic on 9A (near Sam's Club and the multiplex movie theater). A new road would be built. Jobs would be created during the construction project. And residents, businesses would notice a significant improvement in their quality of life --especially during rush hour when 9A could resemble a parking lot, with lots of traffic tie ups!
The 9A bypass proposal has had the support of state, county and local officials for years. It's been a priority project. The reason nothing has happened: lack of money. If the federal transportation act is approved we will stand a good chance of turning our dream of a 9A bypass into a reality.