Contractors take to the LIE in call for economic help

Dozens of construction workers backed up a lane of the Long Island Expressway with their vehicles Monday to send a message to Gov. David Paterson and President-elect Barack Obama about the need for infrastructure

News 12 Staff

Jan 13, 2009, 12:11 AM

Updated 5,669 days ago

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Dozens of construction workers backed up a lane of the Long Island Expressway with their vehicles Monday to send a message to Gov. David Paterson and President-elect Barack Obama about the need for infrastructure dollars.
The Long Island Contractors Association truck convoy drove from Rep. Steve Israel?s (D-Huntington) offices in Hauppauge to Sen. Charles Schumer?s (D-N.Y.) in Melville in single file.
?This is not a protest,? Marc Herbst, of LICA, said Monday. ?This is a demonstration. We are demonstrating the ability and willingness to work for Long Island and to work for the economy.?
Members of the construction industry want Paterson to appoint a transportation czar to put together a list of construction projects in New York and get them to Washington quickly. A representative for the governor said Paterson ?is committed to putting a senior staff member in charge of coordinating all of the state agency activities to work with municipalities to help municipalities expedite their projects.?
The state did put together a preliminary list of 18 infrastructure projects on Long Island that it wants funded by federal money.
AP wire reports contributed to this article.


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