ALBANY (AP) - New York's counties want more funding from the state to maintain roads and bridges.
The New York State Association of Counties is urging the governor and state Legislators to increase funding for programs that help reimburse counties and local governments for road work. The county officials say that major funding streams from the state have been frozen for several years while costs for fuel, labor and equipment have gone up.
NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario says that having a modern system of roads and bridges in New York must be a priority for elected state leaders.
The county group says that local roads and bridges account for 87 percent of the roads and 51 percent of the bridges in New York.