Briella TomassettiSep 14, 2018, 2:30 pmSep 14, 2018, 6:23 pm

Roundtable in Smithtown explores the cost of infrastructure projects

Keynote speaker Thomas Dinapoli hopes for bipartisanship support from Washington

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SMITHTOWN – State and local comptrollers held a roundtable event to discuss infrastructure on Friday. State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli, who was the keynote speaker of the event, agrees that there is a crucial need to invest more money in infrastructure on Long Island. He said the report shows that the state is falling behind when it comes to financing repairs.

"The good news is New York has come up with some more money, particularly for water infrastructure but it really calls out for more of a federal commitment," Dinapoli said. "I do hope that this is one of the areas we can see bipartisanship for a change coming out of Washington."

Dinapoli claims that state and local governments can't make significant improvements alone and argues that there is not enough federal funding.

However, despite the state's current monetary problems, officials said technology is helping to move work forward more quickly and efficiently.

"Today, ladies and gentleman, we have a roughly 25-day business time period between receipt of an approved voucher and money into your hands," Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy said.

The Long Island Contractors' Association, which represents heavy construction general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and industry supporters, aims to help monitor state and regulatory actions, and advocate for increased funding on public projects.

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