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WASHINGTON –Western New York's highways got a boost under the federal spending bill passed by Congress last week, as did the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced this week that the measure includes $85 million in additional highway funding for New York. That includes a $2.1 million increase for the Buffalo area.

In addition, the bill includes $110 million in additional mass transit funds for the state, bringing the total for the year to $829.5 million, and some of that will filter down to the NFTA.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, said he was thrilled with the new federal money.

“This new investment, combined with the significant increase in statewide highway funding that we were able to secure will create good-paying jobs and begin the important process of rebuilding our infrastructure,” he said.

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