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Cuomo Promises, but Doesn’t Explain

Syracuse, N.Y., October 5, 2018 - Stephanie Miner questioned Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of a $13 billion investment in John. F. Kennedy International Airport. Twelve billion dollars is expected to come from private airlines.

“This is a public-private partnership. The airlines aren’t putting up that kind of money without expecting something in return,” said Miner. “They’re not in the business of giving the state charity.”

Cuomo should release details of the financial plan.

“It’s the same story over and over -- glitzy announcements with few details. JFK. LaGuardia. MTA. Tappan Zee,” Miner said.

Consider:

- Cuomo released a $125 billion infrastructure plan in May that had few details. He then announced a $150 billion infrastructure plan in June without ever explaining the difference.

- Cuomo promised $8.6 billion in state assistance for the MTA, but only delivered $365 million. 

- Cuomo rushed to open the Tappan Zee Bridge ahead of his primary, but we still don't know how the state will pay for it or how much the tolls will cost. 

Meanwhile:

New York State’s infrastructure has a C-rating:

- Approximately 100 bridges in New York State were closed in 2017 due to serious deficiencies.

- Twenty-eight percent of public roads are in poor condition, which costs motorists an extra $571 per year.

- To repair, replace, and update New York’s wastewater infrastructure would cost $36.2 billion over 20 years. New York’s wastewater funding program is insufficient to fulfill even half of this essential reinvestment.

Our challenges are many:

Water infrastructure will require investments of $40 billion over 20 years.

Roads and bridges will require investments of $35.5 billion over 15 years.

Dams will require investments of $267 million.

Parks will require investments of $1 billion over 10 years.

Road paving will require investments of $40 billion over 20 years.

Upstate mass transportation will require investments of an additional $577 million per year.

The MTA will require investments of $19 billion in the next 5 years.

Miner has proposed eliminating wasteful economic development spending that adds up to billions of dollars a year and investing in crucial infrastructure programs.

Read more her plan here. Miner is running on the SAM (Serve America Movement) line.

Key Takeaways
  • Cuomo must explain financing of JFK airport and other infrastructure projects.
  • State requires massive investments in infrastructure, and we need a detailed plan.
  • Miner will eliminate all wasteful economic development programs and invest savings in infrastructure.
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