Broome County Executive Jason Garnar is among those praising the signing of the Federal Infrastructure Bill by President Joe Biden November15.

The Democrat says the funding Broome will get under the initiative will not only fix roads and bridges but bring broadband internet service to every corner of the county. Garnar says Broome will also be able to do long-delayed updates in the water and sewer systems and continue its move toward converting its public transportation system to electric-power.

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who, along with fellow Democrat, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, were among governors invited to the White House for the bill signing Monday says in addition to $14-billion for New York roads and bridges, the measure means $3-billion for clean water and $200-million for broadband deployment.  Hochul says the pandemic shutdown really intensified the problem with connectivity in the state as students struggled to learn at home, workers dealt with slow speeds trying to work remotely and thousands of New Yorkers without jobs or internet access were shut out in employment application opportunities.

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Governor Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania will see over $13-billion over the next five years to address crumbling roads and bridges and over $100-million to expand high-speed internet access, a problem that is especially prevalent in very rural areas of the Keystone State like the Northern Tier.

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