Thursday, January 9, 2014

Airport improvements on Cuomo's agenda

From the Wall Street Journal:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the state to take over construction projects at LaGuardia Airport and Kennedy International Airport.

Cuomo made the announcement during his state of the state address in Albany Wednesday. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey runs the airports.

The governor said LaGuardia and JFK are busy but rate poorly in design and passenger experience.

He says the development of a new central terminal at LaGuardia has been "frozen in time."

He says both airports also need upgrades that will bring retail shopping, restaurants, on-airport hotels and free Wi-Fi.

He says he's planning to redevelop JFK's cargo capacity, which already supports about $6.3 billion in economic activity.

A spokesman for the Port Authority didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.


Anonymous said...

Pandering, pandering, pandering.
We've heard this one before.
Remember HUD.

Anonymous said...

Moving the paperwork stipulating "ownership" of the airport from the city to the Port Authority to the state ...

Nothing is getting built except for office towers from Fulton to Liberty Street / West St to Trinity Pl.

Anonymous said...

The idiot referred to La Guardia as an "International Airport".

Anonymous said...

Would not the ownership going from city to state require a ULURP proceeding? Would not any restructuring of the PA require Congressional action from our do-nothing Congress? Imagine the lease the PA has spells out what they can and can't do just like any other lease does.