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While Cuomo slows study, Assembly members talk high-speed rail

Mar 07, 2018 1:34 pm
Dana Rubinstein reports in Politico New York that while the Andrew Cuomo administration "has slow-walked" a report about high-speed rail in New York, a group of Assembly members are introducing a bill March 7 establishing an “exploratory commission” to “study and develop Hyperloop and High Speed Rail within New York State.” Cuomo's administration released a draft environmental study on the options for high-speed rail in New York state in January 2014, but the final report has never emerged. A Cuomo spokesperson said it has taken them four years to sort through 1,650 comments. Assemblyperson Ron Kim (D-Queens) is not waiting any longer, saying high-speed rail, not casinos and "corporate giveways," will excite the upstate economy. “We need to rethink our overall economic development vision for the entire state, and that starts with some version of high-speed rail," he said. Cuomo spokesperson Peter Ajemian said, "We’ll look at the legislation when it becomes available." Read the full story in Politico New York.