Why is there no public vote on the Future of 81: Your Stories

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Many have asked the NewsChannel 9 Your Stories team whether or not there would be a public vote in regards to the Future of 81. We did some digging to confirm that there will be NO public vote.

There’s nothing specific that says a public referendum can’t be held, but also nowhere does it say one should be held for a public works project like this one.

The State DOT has done quite a bit to make sure the public has ample opportunity to weigh in on the I-81 project.

The agency held a number of public meetings, hearings, and opportunities to offer comments prior to the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement last month.

Also, the State is about to set off on another round of information sessions, a formal public hearing in the Fall and an open time for written comments before a final decision is made on the future of 81.

Towns and villages have public votes on projects usually when it involves the borrowing of money.

The 81 Viaduct project is being paid for by Federal dollars.

Lastly, the United States is a democratic republic, which means we elect people to office in places like Albany and Washington D.C.

In doing so we give them the power to make decisions or watch over agencies that will make the final call on projects like 81.


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I-81 Resources: 

View the full New York State Department of Transportation DEIS report here. 

Click here for full renderings of the proposed community grid.

If you want to weigh in on the report, you can write comments to:

Mark Frechette, PE, Project Director

New York State Department of Transportation, Region 3

333 East Washington Street

Syracuse, NY 13202

You can email comments to I81Opportunities@dot.ny.gov.

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