NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — A bill is making its way into Congress and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing its diversity and growth in infrastructure, starting right here in Syracuse.
Gillibrand says she’s working to give all Central New Yorkers a chance to work on local projects, specifically Interstate 81 when it comes time to tear down the aging viaduct.
“That’s why this pilot program is so important so we can start getting the money requirements in place now so that Syracuse has a chance to be a leader for the entire country. We have a similar project in Buffalo, so it’s very important for Upstate because we just have this legacy of our transportation networks done in a very divisive way from literally the last 75 years,” Gillibrand said.
The Build Local, Hire Local Act would invest in projects like Interstate 81, creating new requirements for hiring workers to make sure minorities are represented and the workers stay local when possible.
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