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Following his advocacy, Schumer released the following statement regarding President Biden’s Transportation Plan that included direct mention of Syracuse’s I-81 and will aim to reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments and ensure new projects increase opportunity, including through use of local hire jobs programs, advance racial equity and environmental justice, and promote affordable access:

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer said, “It is wonderful for Syracuse that President Biden listened to us and included the vital I-81 reformation as a poster child for enlightened infrastructure policy, calling for new investment to help communities pay for tearing down urban highways to reconnect and transform neighborhoods previously left behind, something I’ve fought for in my Economic Justice Act. Biden’s plan is an exciting opportunity for the redevelopment of I-81, including the use of local hire and registered apprenticeship to bring together community leaders and unions to put more people to work. I look forward to working with Senator Gillibrand in driving this plan through Congress to ensure I-81’s transformation has all the resources it needs to be an example for how to transform infrastructure in the 21st century and create good jobs for all New Yorkers.”