Monday, November 12, 2012

Cuomo seeks funds for stricken rails, tunnels

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was reported Monday to be putting together request for $60 billion in federal aid to help pay for damage inflicted on the New York City region by Hurricane Sandy.

Of this amount, $3.5 billion would go to New York City subways, Metro-North and Long Island regional railroads, and tunnels.

Aides said the governor hopes an aid package will be authorized in the lame-duck session of Congress that comas between the election and the installation a new Congress.

It was noted that President Obama pledged a fast federal response in emergency aid during a visit he made to the stricken area a few days before he was re-elected.

It was also pointed out that a precedent was set by the huge outpouring federal aid to the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.