State Senator James Seward joined a bipartisan group of state legislators Wednesday along with county and town highway superintendents from across the state to call for increased state funding for local highway improvements. In a letter to Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders, Senator Seward and his senate and assembly colleagues called for a $250 million increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funding in the 2016-17 budget which would bring total state aid to $688.1 million and creation of a four-year, $600 million “State Aid to Local Bridge and Culvert Program” to be distributed fairly and regionally with local control to meet unmet needs. Both of these proposals will be included in the senate’s one-house budget which will be acted on next week.