Assemblymember has a record supporting infrastructure. During her time in office Ellen Jaffee has moved stalled state road projects forward with New York State Department of Transportation (DOT). Route 9W was repaved at her request; and she successfully lobbied for faster delivery dates for improvements to Routes 303 and 45. She has called for a drainage study to address the flooding of hundreds of homes along 9W and is among those who have asked for a traffic study along the Nyack to Palisades corridor.
- Ellen Jaffee met with residents and DOT representatives to address bicycle safety issues along the 9W corridor. To make 9W safer for cyclists and motorists DOT has agreed to install a series of high visibility signage on Route 9W. The signage will also remind motorists to drive with care and be alert for bicyclists who share this busy highway.
- Ellen has brought in funding for a number of local improvements including $1.2 million for flood control along the Sparkill Creek.
- Ellen has pushed for local road projects. She has gotten DOT officials to the district on numerous occasions to conduct drive-bys, in order to assess road improvement needs.
Sustainable development: Ellen supports projects that provide decent jobs and that improve our quality of life. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the Riverspace Arts Center because the arts boost local economies, create jobs, and provide enjoyment for the community. She has allocated capitol funds for a sound studio in the Nyack Center to enhance teen programs, a storage facility on the Piermont Pier for emergency boats, Airmont Youth and Senior Center and a children’s park.
Housing: Ellen Jaffee has helped acquire funding for a number of projects, most significantly a $2.5 million dollar grant from the Empire State Development Corporation for the downtown area of the Village of Spring Valley. She has brought housing agencies and villages to meet with state agencies and with HUD to map out improvement for local projects as well as maintenance of existing affordable housing.