Rep. Maloney Highlights New York’s Urgent Infrastructure Needs, How the American Jobs Plan Will Help
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today highlighted a new fact sheet from the White House which outlines the urgency of addressing critical infrastructure needs across New York State. The fact sheet details the number of bridges and miles of roads in poor condition, the percentage of households without access to broadband, the billions of dollars required for water infrastructure, and more. These pressing needs underscore the importance of the American Jobs Plan, which will make historic investments in improving the nation’s infrastructure and put millions of people to work.
“For far too long, New York’s critical infrastructure needs have not been met. The American Jobs Plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fix this by creating millions of good-paying union jobs while modernizing our city and state’s infrastructure,” said Rep. Maloney. “I am proud to support this proposal, which will help New York build back better after a devastating last year.”
New York received a C- grade on its Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which detailed many deficiencies that require immediate attention. Below are key statistics on the condition of the infrastructure in our state of New York:
- 7,292 miles of road and 1,702 bridges are in need of repair
- 11% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past their useful life
- 13% percentage of households are without an internet subscription and 31.4% of New Yorkers only have access to one broadband provider with minimally acceptable speeds
- 1.7 million renters pay more than 30% of their income in rent due to affordable housing shortages
- New York needs $22.8 billion in modernization costs to ensure safe drinking water
- 64% of families have few or no childcare options in their communities, preventing parents from joining the workforce
- 700,000 veterans live in New York and many rely on VA facilities, which have been chronically underfunded – leading to longer waits and lower quality care
- An average low-income family in New York currently pays 6-8% of their income toward energy bills because their home has not been sufficiently weatherized
- New York has experienced 31 extreme weather events in the past decade, which will only increase in frequency and severity due to the climate crisis
Led by President Biden and Democrats in Congress, the American Jobs Plan targets these infrastructure needs and more. This initiative is designed to reenergize our stagnant economy as we begin to recover from the pandemic and the recession, lay the foundation for future economic growth, and ensure our nation is competitive in the global economy for decades to come.
The full fact sheet is available here.