Led by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., a bi-partisan group of Long Island Assemblymembers sent Governor Cuomo a letter today, urging him to work together to fully fund the MTA’s 5-year Capital Plan, and signaled their support for the Move NY Fair Plan as a way to help fill the $14 billion gap:
“New York City’s roads and bridges are in dire need of repairs. Subway ridership has reached a 65-year all time high pushing the system past its capacity to move people and goods around the city efficiently and cost effectively. Drivers and riders alike are looking to their elected officials to ensure needed investments are made in the transportation infrastructure the city and state relies on. As members of the New York State Assembly’s Long Island Delegation, we write to urge you to work with the Legislature to pass a fully funded, five-year capital plan for the MTA this year and to consider the Move NY Fair Plan as one of several possible funding sources.”
Assemblyman Thiele was joined by his colleagues: Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown), Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove), Assemblyman David J. McDonough (R, C, I-Merrick), Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck), and Assemblyman Todd D. Kaminsky (D-Long Beach).
Move NY Campaign Director Alex Matthiessen praised their leadership:
“We applaud Assemblymember Thiele and his colleagues from the Long Island delegation for supporting a fully-funded MTA capital plan and the Move NY Fair Plan as a way to get there. They understand just how critical a robust mass transit system is in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to keep their young, talented residents from fleeing to the City or beyond. In calling on the Governor to work together to identify a funding strategy, they send a clear message that it’s time to get to work in coming up with a solution to the region’s transportation funding crisis.”
Below is the press release issued:
ASSEMBLYMAN THIELE AND MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY LONG ISLAND DELEGATION
SUPPORT A FULLY-FUNDED MTA CAPITAL PLAN
New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) was joined by fellow Members of the New York State Assembly’s Long Island Delegation in calling for a fully-funded $32 billion Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Plan. The Legislators reached out to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to express their support.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has identified $32 billion in capital needs, but only approximately $18 billion in funding sources. Thiele and five other members of the Assembly’s Long Island Delegation, Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown), Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove), Assemblyman David J. McDonough (R, C, I-Merrick), Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck), and Assemblyman Todd D. Kaminsky (D-Long Beach), noted that a fully-funded Capital Plan will have far reaching impacts for the entire New York metropolitan region, especially Long Island.
A fully-funded Capital Plan would enable the MTA to start new expansion projects and upgrades throughout the system, such as fulfilling the purchase of light diesel “scoot” trains for the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk and Greenport branches to enhance intra-Island commuting on Long Island’s East End. Other projects in the MTA Capital Plan that would benefit Long Island residents include: a one-seat ride to Grand Central Station via the East Side Access project; completion of the double track between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale; and building of two new stations (Republic on main line in Suffolk and Elmhurst in Queens), just to name a few.
Thiele stated, “Several funding possibilities are being explored including increased State and local government support, as well as new revenue sources such as the proposed MOVE-NY Fair Plan. It is important that a determination be reached on how to close the current gap in order to accomplish the goal of fully funding the MTA Capital Plan before the adjournment of this Legislative Session.”
Click here to read the letter.