Drivers, lawmakers call on Cuomo to make state pay for damages from potholes

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Drivers in the Hudson Valley are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make the state pay for damage caused by potholes.

People who blow out a tire while driving on county roads are supposed to be reimbursed for repairs by the county.

The legislation sponsored by Sen. David Carlucci and Assemblyman Tom Abianti would provide the same reimbursement if a motorist damages their vehicle from potholes on state roads year round -- instead of just from May 15 to Nov. 15.

According to a 2018 report by Trip, a national transportation research group, pavements on 34% of the New York state thruway system are in poor or very poor condition.

Lawmakers are joining motorists to call on Cuomo to sign the bill into law. They say it is the state's responsibility to fix the potholes as well as pay for the damages.

The bill did pass in both the state Senate and Assembly. It is unclear if Cuomo will sign it into law.

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