ASCE Legislative Day
On March 21, 2016
The ASCE Drive-in to Albany, NY event was held in conjunction with AGC (Association of General Contractors) Rebuild New York Now rally. ASCE was in attendance promote to and educate State Legislators on ASCE’s 2015 Report Card for New York’s Infrastructure.
The Ithaca Section was represented by members Adam Giblin, Todd Mueller, Gene Rood, and Bill Merwarth. Beth Ann Smith assisted the Syracuse Section with their visits.
Prior to the event Adam made appointments with Senator James Seward, Assemblyman Christopher Friend, Senator Tom O’Mara, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, and Assemblyman Philip Palmesano.
Adam and Bill visited Senator Seward’s office and met with his Legislative Analyst Damon Jeffers. Damon was very interested in infrastructure improvement and wondered if ASCE had any ideas on alternative funding methods. Damon was very impressed with the Report Card’s full report and stated “He had not seen a report with so much detail.” During our visit Senator Seward stopped in briefly to thank us for coming to visit. Chris Eing, Mohawk-Hudson Section, joined us for this visit since Senator Seward’s district extends into the Mohawk-Hudson Section.
Adam and Todd visited Assemblyman Friend’s office and met with his assistant as the Assemblyman was unfortunately unavailable. We described the need for improved infrastructure and the need for increased funding. We left copies of the Report Card and the Report Card’s full report.
Adam, Todd, Gene, and Bill visited Senator O’Mara’s office and met with his Legislative Director Brian Alapat. Senator O’Mara was attending the rally. The Senator recently sent a letter to the Majority Leader urging that increased funding for infrastructure improvements be included in the budget.
Adam, Todd, Gene, and Bill met with Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. Ms. Lupardo was supportive and in agreement with our message – the State’s infrastructure needs real and urgent improvement with consistent and adequate funding.
Adam, Todd, Gene, and Bill met with Assemblyman Philip Palmesano. He is very pro-infrastructure and has been working hard to increase infrastructure spending. Every year he is gaining more support but cannot get leadership to address the issue in the State’s budget.
Todd and Gene visited Assemblyman Clifford Crouch unannounced and were able to meet with the Assemblyman. Mr. Crouch was generally supportive and in agreement with the need for targeted infrastructure spending for the benefit of New Yorks citizens. We left copies of the Report Card and the Report Card’s full report.
Adam, Todd, Gene, and Bill visited Senator Fred Akshar unannounced. Unfortunately the Senator was in a committee meeting. We met with his Chief of Staff, Mary Lee. We discussed the need for improved infrastructure and the need for increased funding. We left copies of the Report Card and the Report Card’s full report.