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Senate OKs NY taking over maintenance of Lackawanna's South Park Ave, Ridge Road

The state came one step closer Friday to taking over the maintenance of South Park Avenue and Ridge Road from the city of Lackawanna, after legislation sponsored by State Sen. Tim Kennedy was approved by the state Senate.

“These two roads presented an extreme expense for the city, and their upkeep has become extremely difficult," said Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski.

In 2014, Kennedy secured $2.5 million in funding to repave both highways.

"I was proud to deliver millions of dollars to repair and resurface these two gateway thoroughfares," said Kennedy. "Now with the roads resurfaced and maintenance costs expected to be low for several years, the time is right for the state to do the right thing and take over maintenance responsibility for these two high traffic roads."

The state Assembly has not voted on a bill to do sponsored by Assemblyman Michael D. Kearns.

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