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State money is on the way for area projects

After years of fighting, more money is in the state budget for Western New York roads and bridges.

Area state legislators say the next goal is to make sure the cash makes its way through the State Department of Transportation and west from Albany.

"The most important thing is that the money has been secured," said State Senator Tim Kennedy.

"There is a major commitment from the governor's office, from my office, from every local leader's office, to ensure that the money that we secured to a record amount in the state budget is spent, is spent appropriately and is spent as quickly as possible to put people to work."

Kennedy and State Assemblyman Sean Ryan point to projects like $30 million set aside for the Scajaquada, with final design likely this fall after a series of public meetings.

There's also millions of dollars to study putting a roof over much of the below grade section of the Kensington, tying together two neighborhoods severed decades ago when the road was built.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.