To counter, Hatch has asked that members of the community write to their state legislators, DOT officials and even Governor Cuomo's office to seek the re-establishment of funds to finish the road.
"We are all aware of the financial problems of New York State, and we realize that a budget must have priorities," he said. "This road should be one of them! We must make them aware that the road is beyond the patching stage. This road must be reconstructed to provide safe passage for all travelers."
Hatch urged residents in a recent letter to let their representatives know how important the pass is to the region.
"Please contact them concerning the road's poor condition and request their support in fixing it," Hatch said. "If you have had a bad or dangerous incident on this road, please tell about them about it.
"If we all work together, we may change their minds."