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Miner calls on state lawmakers for more infrastructure funding

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Miner calls on state lawmakers for more infrastructure funding
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Mayor Stephanie Miner said she is spending much of her time asking state legislators to urger leaders to reconsider funding for Syracuse's infrastructure needs.

Miner's request for $16.4 million was not includes in a final state budget deal. She made the request in December, which includes repairs to roads, water mains, and city pools, in addition to money for new police cars.

Senator John DeFrancisco thinks there is a slim chance for any changes to the budget at this point. However, he's hoping for a bond act referendum.

"Quite frankly, I thought we should have had an infrastructure bond as well, because all the major cities are hurting substantially," said DeFrancisco.

Unfortunately, the bond act was not included. There is undesignated money for public projects, and DeFrancisco expects most local governments to be struggling for a share of those funds.

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