Philmont In The News… “Barrett secures funding for Upgrades”

As you may have noticed, Philmont’s sidewalks are getting an upgrade! Assemblymember Didi Barrett secured a $50,000 grant for Philmont in 2022 through the Department of Transportation Multimodal Program and that grant funding has made these critical upgrades possible.

Managing the project are Trustees Skip Speed and Deputy Mayor Doug Cropper. And Schaible Concrete has been doing a fantastic job with the work!

Having finished parts of Church Street, the crew is moving on to Prospect Street. More sidewalk upgrades to come!

Thank you to Trustees Speed and Cropper, Jim Schaible and his crew, our clerks for managing the funding, and to all others involved, and a special thank you to Assemblymember Didi Barrett and the Department of Transportation for making it all possible.

We’re so grateful. Happy walking!

Newspaper article with image of 5 people standing on sidewalk before a house.

Press Release

Philmont gets $50K for sidewalk improvements
September 29, 2023 | Register-Star (Hudson, NY)
Author/Byline: Jammel Cutler Columbia-Greene Media | Page: A1 | Section: H_News
493 Words | Readability: Lexile: 1580, grade level(s): >12

Assemblywoman Didi Barrett announced the village of Philmont will receive $50,000 for new sidewalk installation work on Church Street.

The funding was received through the New York State Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Program. The program provides reimbursement funding for five specifically authorized transportation capital project “modes.” Eligible modes include certain rail, port, fixed ferry facilities, airport and state and local highway and bridge projects.

The new sidewalks on Church Street are designed to promote safety for residents and to further mobility throughout Philmont. In a statement, Barrett addressed the importance of communities having walkable sidewalks for pedestrians.

“Pedestrian walkways are important because they keep pedestrians at a safe distance from vehicular traffic,” Barrett said. “Walkable communities require safe and walkable sidewalks, and repairing this critical pedestrian infrastructure can be a costly endeavor for our small towns and villages. I am pleased to be able to deliver critical funding to replace the sidewalks on Church Street and to ensure that residents of Philmont – from children to senior citizens – have safe walkways for travel to the Town Park, Main Street and beyond.”

Barrett said the village of Philmont will continue to improve its sidewalk infrastructure.

“The Village of Philmont will continue to repair and replace sidewalks using the funding my office was able to secure,” Barrett said. “During my tenure in office, I have been able to deliver more than $10 million for municipalities, first responders, not-for-profit organizations and other institutions in the 106th Assembly District. We are always here to work with our local governments to identify necessary infrastructure improvements and work to bring state resources back to our communities.”

Mayor Brian Johnson, in a statement, credited Barrett and the funding she was able to obtain for making the sidewalk project possible.

“I want to give credit where credit is due and thank Assemblymember Didi Barrett for working with Philmont and for coming through for our village in numerous ways,” Johnson said. “The sidewalk infrastructure improvements funded by the grant Assemblymember Barrett secured for us through the Department of Transportation’s Multi-Modal Program would not be possible without her advocacy.”

Village Trustee Debra Gitterman spoke about the importance of having sustainable sidewalks in the village and how safer sidewalks will make the quality of life in the village of Philmont better.

“For a number of years, Philmont residents have been asking the village board to fix the sidewalks,” Gitterman said. “The grant that Assemblymember Didi Barrett secured for us through the Department of Transportation’s Transportation’s Multi-Modal Program is making it safer for residents to walk through the village and easier for parents to use strollers while also preventing yards from being eroded and helping me personally to make good on a campaign promise. The quality of the sidewalk work, overseen by trustees Cropper and Speed, is very high. And we’re we’re grateful to Assemblymember Barrett for this opportunity and her support.”