ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he and President Donald Trump had a "productive" meeting Wednesday to discuss one of the Northeast's most pressing transportation needs: a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. While Trump made no assurances about federal funding for the project, Cuomo said, the Republican president was receptive and said he wants to find a way forward. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly also attending the lunch meeting. "The president got it," said Cuomo, a Democrat, noting Trump's background in construction and development in New York City. "I think in many ways this situation is bigger than politics." Local officials and transportation experts have warned for decades about the need for a new tunnel to carry Amtrak and commuter rail service between New York and New Jersey. The current century-old Amtrak tunnel now operates at capacity during rush hours and suffered extensive saltwater damage in 2012's Superstorm … [Read more...] about Cuomo pitches rail tunnel to Trump in ‘productive’ meeting
ALBANY, N.Y. — The Latest on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's meeting with Trump about funding for a new rail tunnel (all times local): 5:40 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he had a "productive" meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss long-stalled proposals to build a new rail tunnel below the Hudson River. The Democrat briefed reporters in Manhattan after returning from the White House meeting, which also included Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly. Trump's administration has clashed with officials in New York and New Jersey over how to fund the massive tunnel project. The existing, century-old Amtrak tunnel needs extensive renovations. Experts say a new tunnel is essential to ensuring reliable rail travel throughout the entire Northeast. The two states have pledged to pay half of the estimated $13 billion price tag if the federal government pays the rest. ___ 4:05 p.m. Federal funding for a new rail tunnel below the Hudson River was … [Read more...] about The Latest: Cuomo calls Trump tunnel meeting productive
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo will travel to Washington on Wednesday to press President Donald Trump for federal funding for a new rail tunnel below the Hudson River. The meeting comes as officials in New Jersey and New York express growing worries about the dilapidated, century-old tunnel owned by Amtrak that connects the two states. Experts have long said a new tunnel is needed to relieve congestion and prevent big problems at one of the most important transportation choke points in the nation. Cuomo said he will also meet with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao during the one-day trip. He made a similar trip in July. "I'm going to keep hammering away," Cuomo said about the project during an interview Tuesday on WNYC radio. "This is one of those pressing, practical issues that we need resolution on for the good of New York and the entire northeast." Last month, Cuomo toured the existing tunnel and sent video footage to Trump that showed water dripping down the tunnel … [Read more...] about Cuomo to meet with Trump to discuss new train tunnel
David Klepper, Associated Press Updated 7:50 am PST, Saturday, November 24, 2018 FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, stands with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul during an an election night watch party hosted by the New York State Democratic Committee in New York. Democrats who gained new or expanded powers in state elections are gearing up for a left-leaning push on gun control, universal health care and legal marijuana. Meanwhile, some Republican legislatures that have cut taxes and limited union powers are adjusting to a new reality of needing to work with a Democratic governor. The midterm elections Tuesday, Nov. 6, increased Democratic relevance in state capitols that have been dominated by Republicans during the past decade. less FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, stands with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul during an an election night watch party hosted by the New … [Read more...] about Capitol Watch: Pot heats up, Cuomo pondering Iowa?
Updated 4:43 pm PDT, Thursday, November 1, 2018 Candidates for governor of New York from left, Green Party Howie Hawkins, Independent Stephanie Miner, Moderator Laura Ladd Bierman, Libertarian Larry Sharpe, and Republican Marc Molinaro, participate in the last scheduled debate before election day sponsored by the League of Women Voters at The College of Saint Rose Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not take part in the debate. less Candidates for governor of New York from left, Green Party Howie Hawkins, Independent Stephanie Miner, Moderator Laura Ladd Bierman, Libertarian Larry Sharpe, and Republican Marc Molinaro, participate in the ... more Photo: Hans Pennink, AP Republican Party gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro, takes part in a gubernatorial debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters at The College of Saint Rose Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. … [Read more...] about Candidates for NY governor spar in debate without Cuomo