Rep. Delgado, Senator Hinchey, New York League of Conservation Voters, and NYS Building & Construction Trades Call for Investment in Upstate Infrastructure

June 11, 2021
Press Release
Delgado Highlights His Legislation to Provide Clean Water, Repair Bridges, Deliver Broadband, Repave Roads

ATHENS, NY  – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Senator Michelle Hinchey, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters Julie Tighe, and Executive Director of the NYS Building and Construction Trades Al Catalano called for investment in upstate infrastructure. Rep. Delgado highlighted his recently-advanced legislation to provide clean water, repair bridges, deliver broadband, and repave roads. Mayor of the Village of Athens Amy Serrago introduced the Congressman and thanked him for his work to deliver investment to New York's 19th Congressional District.


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“Clean water, safe roads, and reliable broadband aren't luxuries -- they are necessities. We must invest in our infrastructure to deliver good-paying jobs, improve our quality of life, support small businesses, and combat climate change,” said Rep. Delgado. “Earlier this week, I voted to pass critical bipartisan infrastructure bills out of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which included four of my provisions to deliver clean water to rural communities, bolster broadband construction, and improve rural transit. I thank Senator Hinchey, President Tighe, Executive Director Catalano, and Mayor Serrago for calling on Congress to invest in our infrastructure. We must move swiftly pass this long-overdue legislation into law.”


“New York is one of the wealthiest states in the country, and yet in many of the communities I represent, our roads, bridges, and water systems are crumbling, and too many families still lack access to reliable, high-speed internet,” said Senator Michelle Hinchey. “Investing in our upstate infrastructure can’t wait any longer, and the bills brought forth by Rep. Delgado will prove key to fund the modernization of our broken systems -- creating jobs, strengthening public safety, and building climate-resilient transportation networks in the process. I am proud to have a partner in public service like Rep. Delgado as we continue our fight to bring clean water, safe roads, and reliable broadband service to our rural and upstate communities that have long been left behind.”


Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “A key component of the proposed American Jobs Plan calls for a once-in-a-generation investment in clean water infrastructure and Congressman Delgado’s work in this area is in full alignment with these goals. Legislation like the Clean Water for Rural America Act will help communities upgrade their drinking water and wastewater systems while also creating family-sustaining green jobs. With these bills, Congressman Delgado is illustrating that protecting water, our climate recovery and economic recovery go hand in glove. We thank him for his strong leadership on this important issue and urge the inclusion of robust water infrastructure investments in the American Jobs Plan.”


“If our nation is to reclaim the position of leading the way and setting the standard of a strong functioning Democracy, then we need our basic infrastructure to be second to none….  And that begins with life sustaining… clean drinking water,” said Al Catalano, Executive Director, NYS Building and Construction Trades, on behalf of the 200,000 NYS union construction workers and President Gary LaBarbara.


“The Village of Athens, like so many of our neighboring municipalities, struggles with aging infrastructure, particularly our water and sewer systems,” said Amy Serrago, Mayor of the Village of Athens. “We know what work needs to be done and we're prepared to meet the challenge, but we lack the funding to make it happen. We're grateful for Congressman Delgado's tireless work on legislation like the Direct Support for Communities Act which will provide our upstate communities with the resources we need to meet the demands of modern life in our historic towns and villages.”


This week,  Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) voted to pass the INVEST in America Act and the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 through the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rep. Delgado successfully included four of his bills to deliver clean water to rural communities, bolster broadband construction, strengthen limo safety regulations, and improve rural transit. The surface transportation bill directs federal investments in roads, bridges, transit, and rail to re-imagine our national transportation policies, create good-paying jobs, and tackle the climate crisis.


Five of Rep. Delgado's Member-directed infrastructure funding requests were included and passed within INVEST in America Act. These surface transportation projects repave roads, repair bridges, and improve infrastructure in New York's 19th Congressional District.