To remain competitive, promote economic development, and create jobs, New York must continue to rebuild and modernize its roads, bridges, broadband networks, public buildings, and other critical infrastructure across the state. Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has invested over $54 billion in infrastructure projects across New York and reinvented the state’s approach to economic development. Additionally, the Governor has helped jumpstart long-stalled or long-overdue projects, such as the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, the redevelopment of LaGuardia and JFK Airports, and the Gateway Tunnel project between New York and New Jersey.
The Governor is continuing that progress this year, with a number of major projects to build, rebuild and revitalize infrastructure across the state. These projects include, but are not limited to, the following proposals:
- Long Island Transportation: Transform and expand vital infrastructure downstate and make critical investments in the downstate region. Most notably, the proposal includes a major expansion and improvement project for the Long Island Rail Road between Floral Park and Hicksville.
- Water Infrastructure: Invest $250 million in support for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the state, predominantly in Upstate communities.
- Thruway Authority: Invest $700 million in Thruway infrastructure, on top of last year’s commitment of $1.285 billion. As a result of this investment the Thruway will be able to freeze tolls for all drivers until at least 2020.
- Roads and Bridges: Launch a $22 billion multi-year capital plan to upgrade critical roads, bridges and other vital transportation infrastructure throughout the state, especially in Upstate New York.
- Penn Station: Transform Penn Station and the historic James A. Farley Post Office into a world-class transportation hub, with a projected cost of $3 billion.
- Broadband: Dramatically expand and improve access to high-speed Internet in communities statewide.
- Javits Center: Redevelop the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to stimulate the regional economy, with a projected cost of $1 billion.
- MTA: Modernize and fundamentally transform the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, dramatically improving the travel experience for millions of New Yorkers and visitors to the metropolitan region.
- Upstate Airports: Launch a $200 million competition to revitalize Upstate airports. The proposal is designed to enhance airports throughout Upstate New York, and promote new opportunities for regional economic development and partnership between the public and private sectors. More information about revitalizing upstate's infrastructure can be found here.