Schumer: Infrastructure plan has billions of dollars for NY projects

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer arrives at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite

By Tom Brune
tom.brune@newsday.com
@TomBruneDC

Excerpts from Newsday article

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that a roughly $1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure package now before the Senate could deliver tens of billions of dollars for New York transit, highways, airports, passenger rail and water projects.

As the package stands now, New York could get $10.76 billion for the MTA, about $13.5 billion for highways, $937 million for airports, and billions of dollars more for Amtrak and passenger rail as well as water projects, all spread over five years, said Schumer, a Brooklyn Democrat.

“This is sort of a record for infrastructure for New York,” Schumer told Newsday in a phone interview. “It’s a really shot in the arm for Long Island transit and for New York transit, as well as New York highways, rail, bridges, you name it.”

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Despite Schumer’s confidence, the package has not been written into legislative language yet, and it could hit snags and obstacles along the way.

Schumer, who is up for reelection next year, wasted no time in touting its benefits for New York.

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Long Island could benefit from nearly $31 million for its seven airports. That includes $21.6 million for Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip and $3.7 million for Republic Airport in East Farmingdale.

The package now includes nearly $1.5 million each for Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, East Hampton Airport and Brookhaven Airport, and $550,000 each for Elizabeth Field Airport on Fishers Island and Bayport Aerodrome.

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