Federal Eye: Stimulus Package Hits Close to Home. Literally.

How’s this for “beyond the Beltway” experience: Skimming through the new White House 100-days progress report on the economic stimulus package, I noticed that the massive jobs and recovery project has directly impacted my hometown of Delmar, N.Y.

(A reporter should rarely, if ever, use the first person, but since other colleagues have done it recently and the bosses are trying to develop our personalities, then permit me this one time.)

“Construction began on May 1st on the $14.9 million Delaware Avenue reconstruction project in Albany County, New York, the first Recovery Act funded-construction contract awarded in the State,” according to the report. “The project will reconstruct 1.6 miles of Delaware Avenue between Madison Avenue and the bridge over the New York State Thruway that links Albany to the Town of Delmar.”

Delmar?! My Delmar? (Or “Dullmar” as some prefer to call it.) During high school I regularly traveled Delaware Avenue into Albany to meet up with friends, head to piano lessons or to reach nearby highways. It is the easiest way to get from Delmar into Albany, to visit Lark Street, the Empire State Plaza or other spots. And yes — it needs a pave job.

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