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Interstate 684 Repaving Between Exits 4 and 6

July 27, 2016
Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Mount Kisco) has announced that $6 million in state funds will be designated to repave portions of Interstate 684 between Exits 4 and 6, a stretch located in the Town of Bedford. At the urging of Assemblyman Buchwald, the Town of Bedford and local advocates, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has expanded their maintenance project of repaving I-684 from Route 35 (Exit 6) to Hardscrabble Road (Exit 8), on which work began this past week. In February, Assemblyman Buchwald organized a meeting that included residents, Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick, representatives of the NYSDOT regional office and other state officials, to discuss I-684 and to find ways to address the repair needs of the road for drivers and those living nearby who are burdened by the excessive noise. Since that meeting, Assemblyman Buchwald has advocated in the State Assembly to provide the funds necessary for maintenance on this deteriorating stretch of road. Additionally, State Senator George Latimer and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney were vocal supporters of the repaving project.  

“After months of fighting for this needed infrastructure project, I am elated that the Department of Transportation has committed to repaving I-684 between Exits 4 and 6 in the Town of Bedford,” said Assemblyman Buchwald. “I have heard from numerous constituents and town officials about the importance of doing this work on an expanded section of I-684, and this project would not have reached this point without their advocacy. Our main thoroughfares in Westchester, especially I-684, deserve every opportunity to be improved because it is a safety issue, an economic growth issue, and a quality of life issue when our roads are in poor shape.”

“I am delighted to learn that the long requested paving of these portions of I-684 running through Bedford will be carried out,” said Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick. “This will address safety concerns of thousands of motorists and the noise concerns of thousands of our residents.” 

“This project to fix noise and road condition issues on I-684 has been a long time coming.  Bedford residents are lucky to have Assemblyman Buchwald in their corner, and I am lucky to have such a great partner at the State level.” said Senator George Latimer (D-Rye).

The section of I-684 that will be rehabilitated goes from Chestnut Ridge Road, just south of Route 172 and Exit 4, northward to Harris Road, just south of the Exit 5/6 interchange where I-684 and the Saw Mill River Parkway meet. Separately, the New York State Department of Transportation will be conducting a study of the Saw Mill/I-684 interchange to determine whether the roadways in that vicinity should be reconfigured.  The portion of I-684 that is now to be repaved is used by over 55,000 commuters and trucks each day, and it has been over 15 years since the last repaving in this area. In addition, the repaving will help alleviate the concerns of residents who state that the deteriorated sections of highway, when driven over, cause intolerable noise pollution for the communities who live along I-684. 

The repaving of I-684 between exits 4 and 6 is scheduled to be done by 2017.

State Legislature Unanimously Passed Freedom of Information Law Reforms to Make Government More Open

June 15, 2015
Assemblyman David Buchwald’s Bill to expedite the process for Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) cases will go to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature.

“Citizens of New York must be able to access the information they seek to better understand how policies are set and their tax dollars are being spent,” said Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester).

“The State Legislature agrees: by making our state’s FOIL process more efficient and inclusive, we will take a significant step forward in achieving a higher degree of transparency that New Yorkers deserve. I am pleased that the State Senate has joined the State Assembly in unanimously passing this important reform.”