Lawmakers Discuss How to Regain Millions for Western New York

November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 8:46 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 8:46 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW ) - A mistake by the state costs Western New York millions of dollars. Now, lawmakers are working to get it back.

It was a budget blunder the state made back in 2008 when it neglected to give Western New York $167 million owed to fix aging roads, bridges and put people back to work. It's a mistake the state has admitted to making but has not paid back the money owed.

State Senator Tim Kennedy and others are holding a meeting to discuss how to get this money back, Monday. The error was made by the New York State Department of Transportation which uses the tax dollars to help pay for road repairs and construction.

A committee that tracks the funding detected the blunder and it caused uproar in this area. It caused several roads and bridges to fall in disrepair. Also, the $167 million would have translated to 2,672 jobs. The total economic impact would have been $426 million.

Once again, Senator Kennedy will be holding a round table meeting to discuss how to get the money back. That meeting will be held at D'Youville College at 10 a.m.