After years of debate and discussion about proposed changes to I-81, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) announced its support [on April 22] for the community grid option. While we still await a final environmental-impact statement and another round of public hearings, the future of Syracuse is bright.
I came out in support of the community grid approach in February because it offers the greatest benefit for local stakeholders and could be implemented more quickly. It also minimizes private property seizure and puts property back on the tax rolls to strengthen our city’s tax base. Regardless of which option you support, now is the time to put down our differences and work together to ensure the best possible outcome.
I’ll continue working with my fellow Central New York legislators and local leaders to expedite this long-overdue reconstruction and secure a brighter future for our city and our region.
Pamela J. Hunter, Democrat, is a member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 128, which encompasses parts of the city of Syracuse, the entire towns of Salina, DeWitt, and Onondaga, as well as the Onondaga Indian Reservation. Contact her at HunterP@nyassembly.gov. This opinion is drawn from a statement her office issued on April 22.