Maloney Celebrates Win for Infrastructure and Jobs

NEWBURGH – On November 8, 2021 Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) joined local leaders at Unico Park in Newburgh to celebrate the historic investments coming to the Hudson Valley and New York thanks to the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. At the event Rep. Maloney highlighted the importance of investing in infrastructure for growing the economy in a sustainable, competitive way.

“[The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act] means good, well-paying jobs that you can raise a family on. Thousands of jobs right here in New York. Millions of jobs across our country” said Rep. Maloney. “The word historic is thrown around a lot, but in this case it’s justified. Simply put: the law is transformational in its investments and it will grow our economy in a sustainable way, and that will directly improve the lives of so many people here in the Hudson Valley.”

Through his role on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Maloney was instrumental in delivering funding for New York and Hudson Valley priorities in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The package includes legislation authored by Rep. Maloney, The Bridge Investment Act, which will provide nearly $13 billion in funding to repair bridges in New York and across the nation. Rep. Maloney also championed funding for PFAs cleanup for communities like Newburgh and investments for the MTA ($11 billion), New York highways ($13.5 billion), New York airports ($1 billion), and more.

Rep. Maloney was joined by a bipartisan group of elected officials representing the Hudson Valley as well as leaders from the labor and business communities. Among those who spoke or stood in support were: New York State Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson; New York State Senator James Skoufis; Michael Sweeton – Town Supervisor, Warwick; Alan Seidman – Executive Director, Construction Contractors Association; Barry Lewis – Vice President, Construction Contractor’s Association; and Todd Diorio – Business Manager, Laborers’ Local 17.

“If there’s one word that describes our Congressman here, Sean Patrick Maloney, he delivers. And this is the latest example, as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, how he has delivered for this district time after time after time,” said Senator James Skoufis. “Not one, not two, not three, four presidential administrations have talked about getting this done – four. And thanks to Sean, this is finally getting done.”

“This is all about infrastructure needs, putting people back to work, hiring local contractors that hire out of the union halls.” said Alan Seidman, Executive Director of the Construction Contractors Association. “The investment in our infrastructure is way past due and I applaud the Congressman for helping shepherd this bill through and bringing some of that money back here to the Hudson Valley where it’s so desperately needed.”

“This is the kind of thing that we’ve all been hoping for and wishing for, but Sean and the Majority in Congress, they delivered,” said Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson.

“A lot of trades are going to benefit from this work. We could use the work,” said Todd Diorio, Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 17. “We are ready to start doing this work and I am sure Sean will be there with us to ensure that these projects go union. He’s always supported us on project labor agreements.”

“We have a bridge in the village of Warwick. It’s one of the main arteries through the village of Warwick and it’s got lots of complications. It’s been flagged by New York State DOT,” said Michael Sweeton, Town Supervisor of Warwick. “As [Rep. Maloney] did with the American [Rescue] Plan Act, delivering money directly to local municipalities, once again we are going to get that bridge fixed because of this bill and the money that’s in it.”

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