Essex County Board of Supervisors
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continued “These funds make up the lion’s share of our maintenance and construction money,” he said, referring to the CHIPs contributions. “It’s been a fight to get them into the budget. But the governor has included them in this year for the first time in about eight years, which is a good sign.”
LaVigne said last year’s increase was a great help and the county really appreciates it.
He told the board that Advocacy Day, the two-day event in Albany for local officials to lobby their counterparts at the state level, is slated for March 4-5. LaVigne encouraged lawmakers to attend and advocate, among other local issues, to keep the CHIPS funds both in the budget and tied to inflation.
LaVigne is set to retire in May. A replacement has yet to be decided.