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Comptroller ranks Greene roads second worst in the state; Groden calls report 'worthless'

Jul 10, 2022 1:00 am

Ted Remsnyder is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a recent study of the condition of federally funded local roads from the office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli ranked Greene County as second-worst in the state. Discounting the state report based on its limited scope, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden dismissed the reporting, saying its contents are useless. “This doesn’t frighten me at all,” Groden said. “This is worthless data as far as I’m concerned.” The report found the condition of federally funded local roads in Greene County to be fair, better only than Sullivan, the lowest-ranked county in the state. Federally funded roads in Columbia County were classified as good in the report. The road report was released in January and is based on data from 2019 and 2020 collected by the state. The federally funded roads in the county include County Route 12 in Windham, Route 23B and Route 24. The report lists the condition of federally funded roads in the towns of Hunter and Windham as poor, roads in Cairo and portions of Athens fair, while road conditions in Catskill and Coxsackie are good. According to the report, the 67 lane miles of locally owned roads eligible for federal funding in Greene County represent 3.6 percent of total local lane miles in the county. “That means this report is worthless,” Groden said. “We only have four roads that are federally funded that this analysis is looking at. So what’s the value of the report? The county owns 263 miles of county roads...." The county uses a grading system to classify the quality of its roads in order to prioritize the roads that need work immediately, Groden said. “County Route 12 is almost brand new,” Groden said, not denying that other federal local roads are lacking. “We just had the expansion where we added the sidewalk and the bike lane to it.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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