Money Needed To Fix County Bridges

There are 20 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Aug 6, 2007, titled Money Needed To Fix County Bridges. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

Erie County Executive Joel Giambra says there is no imminent danger to public health and safety in traveling across county roads and bridges.

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Bookey the Elephant

Buffalo, NY

#1 Aug 6, 2007
Doesn't Joel have any relatives that need jobs? He could use his "family & friends plan" to hire people to fix the bridges. think of the money he and his family will continue to make!
bill

Buffalo, NY

#2 Aug 6, 2007
just shut them down like you did the parks!!!
Brian

Buffalo, NY

#3 Aug 6, 2007
Where does all the taxes (Gas, Tolls, DMV) go?
jim

Buffalo, NY

#4 Aug 6, 2007
this will get done like the peace bridge and bass pro oh and the indoor water park i almost forgot about that
joe bagofdounts

United States

#5 Aug 6, 2007
what parks were shut down?
Red_Budget

New York, NY

#6 Aug 6, 2007
Joel is a lousy exectutive, and an equally bad liar. There's, pleanty of money in County Hall, just lay off a few of the lazy slobs that work in the Rath Building and get rid of the patronage. In the business world, when the CEO announces budget cuts, there's no talking back, just make necessary adjustments. Our elected officials are too gutless to make these decisions. That's why the control board is here. BRING BACK THE RED BUDGET, I'd love to see 3000 off the payroll.
Buffalonian

Buffalo, NY

#7 Aug 6, 2007
Joel Giambra, boy wonder has spoken.
Concerned resident

Tonawanda, NY

#8 Aug 6, 2007
It was stated on national news that bridges citizens pay a toll to go over are well maintained and safe. However, the Grand Island bridge received a 4 rating. Why is this? Where is the money going? Channel 2 should look into this through their "You Paid For It" series. What did we pay for? Dangerous bridges?
concer tax payerned

Hillsboro, OH

#9 Aug 6, 2007
What they will do before the CEMETERY RD. in Lancaster gets fixed, is wait until someone gets "killed".. That is what they do prior to installing traffic lights on a busy interesection.
History will tell you that.
I sur hope that it is not one of my Family members that have got to use it every day to get to their jobs & home again.
Hope that none of yours will either.
Charlene

Lancaster, NY

#10 Aug 6, 2007
Oh well I guess we can all rest easy Joel Giambra Mr. truthful says we're in no danger! This guy is really really scary. How many days left in office???

How about if he stations a family memeber on each bridge so we can all feel safe crossing them? Oh never mind the man doesn't have a soul he probably would do that just to make himself look good.

“Out of my mind. Back in five.”

Since: Aug 07

WNY

#11 Aug 6, 2007
Charlene wrote:
Oh well I guess we can all rest easy Joel Giambra Mr. truthful says we're in no danger! This guy is really really scary. How many days left in office???
How about if he stations a family memeber on each bridge so we can all feel safe crossing them? Oh never mind the man doesn't have a soul he probably would do that just to make himself look good.
I agree. "From the information I have..." - well we know how well the government communicates!! I can't believe he wasn't ousted in 2005 when he had the highway and furniture fiasco's!

“It Figures”

Since: Aug 07

City of Tonawanda

#12 Aug 6, 2007
Brian wrote:
Where does all the taxes (Gas, Tolls, DMV) go?
I know where do all the taxes go?good question.
GRK

Prescott, AZ

#13 Aug 6, 2007
Typical, the Lancaster bridge has been that way for years. Just because a bridge disaster happens, Joel jumps on the wagon. Joel should have been spending that years ago. Bla bla bla Joel, put your words to action.
Jason from Williamsville

Buffalo, NY

#14 Aug 7, 2007
What a shock, Joel has found another reason to put the county more into debt. Maybe the bridges need the repairs, maybe they don't, but we don't need to borrow more money and go more into debt.

If it's really a critical problem, make 11.5 million in cuts somewhere else that isn't so critical. It's called living within your means, and those of us in the real world have to do it every day.
GIslander

United States

#15 Aug 7, 2007
This is why I was against the proposal to do away with tolls on the GI bridges. I can only assume (ya, I know...) that the tolls that are collected will go towards repairs when needed
like they are supposed to. BUT - this is NYS, so I guess that doesn't mean too much!

“Out of my mind. Back in five.”

Since: Aug 07

WNY

#16 Aug 7, 2007
According to the Lockport Union Scum and Urinal today, here are what the GI bridges rated:
the South Grand Island bridge northbound received a condition rating of 3.84 out of seven during its last inspection in November 2006. The southbound bridge received a 3.91 rating during the same inspection. The North Grand Island bridges didnít score much better. Its northbound bridge got a 3.98 condition rating in a November 2005 inspection; the southbound bridge got a 3.78 rating.

NY BRIDGE STATS
New York state boasts a lot of bridges, but not all of them are in proper condition.
Total no. of bridges 17,335
Structurally deficient 2,110
Deficient 6,614
Functionally obsolete 4,501
Source: U.S. Department of
Transportation, Federal Highway Association
katie anne

Buffalo, NY

#17 Aug 7, 2007
I loved it when Giambra said he could get all this money and it wouldn't raise any property taxes, is he nuts ? He can't do anything without raising taxes. HE NEEDS TO GO !!!!!!!!!
nicholas

Buffalo, NY

#19 Aug 7, 2007
the ONLY reason giambra spoke about bridges is because james keane just sent a letter to all the erie county supervisors alerting them that state funds ,specificly ear marked for road repair, have been being diverted to the general fund since the budget fiasco,so joel can continue too employ his political hacks,family,and consultants.the giambra and friends GANG are actively supporting paul clark the republican, no democrat, no giambracrat(clark endorsed giambra and gang for ce twice and ran dems for giambra remember the "giambracrats?), no democrat again. this was an attempt to let air out of keanes letter and help the crumbling clark campaign. PEOPLE just imagine how nice for the giambra GANG it would be for a "friendly" GANG TO assume power in county hall.
THE GOLDEN GREEK

Rochester, NY

#20 Aug 7, 2007
I am confused!! What fees,taxes,tolls etc. are supposed to maintain these bridges? How much was collected this year? Where did the money go? Who decides to redirect these funds from repairing these bridges? Can some news organization somewhere answer this in PLAIN EASY TO UNDERSTAND WAY so I can direct my complaints to these individuals.... "THE GREEK'S PEEK"

“It Figures”

Since: Aug 07

City of Tonawanda

#22 Aug 7, 2007
Bill wrote:
Yea right! Why was the I-190/290 stack closed when I was in Buffalo visiting. I saw a story on the news about the bridge was being held together by 2x4's. Then they said "oh it wont collapse". Pictures on the news showed rotted concrete and I-beams.
Am I wrong or does the gov't think we are stupid??
Please tell me they fixed it.I take that route to work everyday!

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