Gov. Andrew Cuomo kicked off the next leg of his government reform and economic revival tour in Westchester’s largest city and touted over 75 road, bridge, park and flood projects aimed at growing the economy.
The visit came a day after the Democrat from New Castle released his $132.5 billion budget proposal in Albany and the governor on Wednesday repeated his goals of growing the economy, repairing a broken government and creating a new state that is the nation’s envy.
In announcing $426 million in infrastructure projects across the Hudson Valley — including $24.2 million for a bridge along the Sprain Brook Parkway, nearly $8 million for wastewater treatment plants in Yonkers, Scarsdale, North Salem and Southeast and dozens of other parks and flood control projects in the region, Cuomo said it about fixing New York’s ailing infrastructure and putting thousands of people to work.
“We need jobs,” the governor said before an auditorium at Yonkers’ Riverfront Library filled with public officials, civic leaders, union members and Yonkers public school students. “We need to do the work. Let’s do it now.”
Here’s a link to the local projects.
These projects are part of a broader $25 billion economic development agenda throughout the state that include a new convention center in Queens, a billion to rebuild Buffalo and a power system that delivers energy all across the state. These projects will leverage private dollars and won’t cost the taxpayers, he said.
Though Cuomo set aside $5 billion for a new Tappan Zee bridge, he did not mention it in his remarks, instead focusing on other projects in the region that include:
- $148 million for Stewart Airport runways.
- $5 million to improve sewer systems at Bear Mountain State Park.
- $2.6 million to fix failing bridges at the Old Croton Aqueduct trail
- $1.15 million for FDR State Park in Yorktown
- $106 million to rehabilitate the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
- Millions for various road repairs along Routes 9, 22, 119 and 172.
- Millions for dam repairs and flood control in Ardsley, Chappaqua, Mount Pleasant and Yonkers.
The stop was a mix of his budget message and State of the State address earlier this month and included talk of pension, mandate and campaign finance reforms; improving education and implementing better teacher evaluation systems; betting on casino gambling and getting the state’s finances in order.