Hanna proposes plan to allow state to loan communities cash for infrastructure projects

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna visited Utica on Monday to propose a new bill that would allow local communities to go to the state for infrastructure loans.

It's all part of Hanna's goal to update the federal highway bill. With the amendment, the state would be able to loan small cities and communities up to a half billion dollars for any type of infrastructure project -- including roadwork, bridges and sidewalk work.

"One of the problems like the City of Utica has is, if a sewer breaks today and collapses, it could be a $100,000 bill," Hanna said. "It's hard to take that out of the current budget. This will allow them to identify things they want to do and spread it out over long term."

If voted through, it will be implemented sometime early next year. Hanna is being challenged by Michael Vasquez and Michael Kicinski in the upcoming primary election.

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