WNY Fights For Millions Lost In Error

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) – Western New York lost $167 million that would have gone to repairing roads and bridges due to a reported mathematical error by the Department of Transportation.

That error was reportedly made by the DOT during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Now, Senator Tim Kennedy will demand Western New York get that money back. At a meeting Thursday afternoon, he will question DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald, who is scheduled to testify in front of a legislative panel in Albany.

The loss for this area doesn’t stop at the $167 million. The federal government used the 08-09 funding levels when it distributed stimulus money, which again took millions of dollars away from this area.

“For three or four years this has been lingering and just recently the DOT, due to our efforts, has admitted that this was a human error in their department in Albany under a different administration,” Senator Kennedy said.

Senator Kennedy is blaming this lack of funds for the hundreds of projects on roads and bridges that have not yet been completed. Some projects have even been shelved until the money can be restored. Kennedy also estimates that about 3,000 jobs have been lost because of this error.