Friday, January 3, 2020

Cuomo passes $51,500,000,000 MTA capital plan despite de Blasio no-show


The MTA’s $51.5 billion capital plan was approved without oversight from the city Wednesday — after Gov. Andrew Cuomo refused to convene a review panel amid a spat with Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The deadline for the Capital Program Review Board to review the hefty five-year construction budget ended at the stroke of midnight, meaning the MTA can officially begin allocating funding for the plan with no questions asked.

Cuomo refused to convene the four-person panel — consisting of one appointee apiece from Cuomo’s office, de Blasio’s and both chambers of the state Legislature — unless the mayor appeared in person, insisting the decision was too monumental to be given to a proxy.

But de Blasio, who wanted budget aide Sherif Soliman to represent City Hall’s interests, declined, ceding the city’s veto power over the massive infrastructure plan.

The MTA’s board — which is dominated by Cuomo appointees — green-lit the plan in September.


Anonymous said...

I look forward to leaving this state more and more with each passing day.

Anonymous said...

Got to keep those trains and buses running,a little tax here a little tax there and a hefty property tax and everyone is happy.

Anonymous said...

Did BlaBlasio leave that mess when he ran away? Or did he just abscond to the restroom?

Anonymous said...

Nothing will get better.

Anonymous said...

Then they will raise the fares and tolls again. They will NEVER get enough.

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