- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has renewed a request for federal funding to repair the city’s aging infrastructure.

Miner says there were 372 water main breaks in Syracuse last year and 10 more in the first five days of 2016. The record is 391 two years ago.

Miner tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse (https://bit.ly/1S4PQux ) that severe weather in recent years has also played a factor in the number of breaks.

Miner and U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko are calling on the federal government to make more resources available to local municipalities to support water infrastructure.

Tonko is the ranking member of the Environment and the Economy subcommittee of Energy and Commerce in the House.

The estimated cost to fix Syracuse’s 550 miles of pipes would be $726 million.

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