YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – The dynamic team of State Senator Terrence Murphy, Yorktown Highyway Superintendent Dave Paganelli and Murphy’s former Chief of Staff, Matt Slater, celebrated the anticipated makeover of Quinlan Street. In 2018 Murphy secured a $250,000 grant from New York State to give the busy artery a much needed facelift. Last week, crews from the Yorktown Highway Department were out milling the stretch of road from Granite Springs Road to Lee Boulevard. Now fresh asphalt is being delivered to finish the job.
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“Highway Superintendent Paganelli and his entire staff have been working through the heat of the summer to fix many of our local roads,” Murphy said. “I was thrilled to secure this important grant and make sure Superintendent Paganelli had the funds to address as many local roads as he could.”
Murphy represented the Town of Yorktown in the New York State Senate for two terms. In addition to the $250,000 for Quinlan Street Yorktown received more than $1.9 million in state funding to improve local roadways during Murphy’s tenure.
“This would not have happened without the great work of Senator Murphy and the help of Matt Slater,” Superintendent Dave Paganelli explained. “From the Quinlan Street grant, to the new traffic light on Route 118, we were able to accomplish some great things by working together. It comes down to teamwork.”
Paganelli explained his department milled Quinlan Street in an effort to reduce potential flooding issues from raising the road above people’s driveways. He hopes this will be the standard for local roads moving forward.
In addition to securing funds for paving, in July of 2018 a 📷new traffic light was installed at the intersection of Route 118 & Route 129 thanks to the efforts of Murphy, Paganelli and Murphy’s office. It replaced a blinking yellow light that was reinstalled in 2012 following the completion of the AMVETS Bridge reconstruction. Many residents expressed concerns over the light and Paganelli deemed it a public safety issue because of the numer of traffic incidents that occurred at the intersection. Since they are state roads, Murphy’s office successfully engaged the New York State Department of Transportation in getting approvals for the full traffic light.
Matt Slater served as Murphy’s Chief-of-Staff and is now running for Yorktown Town Supervisor. Paganelli praised Slater’s involvement in the Quinlan Street grant, helping him complete the necessary paperwork and acting as a conduit with the necessary state agencies. Slater says more resources are needed to reduce Yorktown’s paving schedule.
“With the current funding in place Yorktown is paving local roads once in a generation,” Slater charged. “Our Highway Superintendent and his Department do a great job with the resources that are allocated by the Town Board but more is needed to tackle the more than 200 miles of roads in Yorktown. In comparrison to other communities in our region Yorktown is significantly underfunding an essential service for our town.”