RONY Testifies at Legislative Budget Hearing

Today, RONY Executive Director Scott Wigger presented testimony to the Legislative Fiscal Committee Budget Hearing on Transportation at which he outlined the needs in the NYS freight rail network and how the state’s freight railroads are prepared to partner with New York State to upgrade and strengthen the state’s rail infrastructure.  Included in the Governor’s 2016-17 Executive Budget proposal is a $10 million appropriation for freight rail infrastructure projects and a separate $10 million appropriation for a mix of freight rail, passenger rail and port projects.  RONY expressed its support for increasing these proposed appropriations to a total level of $50 million.  RONY members and staff will now continue to work with the Governor’s Office and Legislature as the final 2016-17 NYS Budget is negotiated, which is due by April 1st.  For a full copy of the testimony Mr. Wigger presented at this hearing, please visit

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