Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Cuomo's Infrastructure Bank To Fund Parks With $143 Million
Thursday, April 05, 2012 - 03:49 PM
Another media blast from the New York Governor -- his infrastructure bank, New York Works, will fund $143 million worth of parks improvements from ball fields in the Bronx to a bathhouse at Jones Beach to a new ski-lift at Belleayre Ski Mountain in the Catskills, a state-run ski facility.
Like the press blitz a day earlier of $1.2 billion in accelerated roads projects, the announcement was made via ten separate press releases detailing popular projects, each with specially tailored quotes from local lawmakers praising the projects and the governor.
New York Works is Cuomo's new infrastructure bank. It was enacted in December, though the bill authorizing its funding is less than a week old.
New York works will coordinate capital spending by 45 agencies and authorities. It will have a governing board of 16, controlled largely by the Governor, though that body has yet to be constituted.
In recent years, Governors have killed big infrastructure projects, and Congress has yet to pass a surface transportation bill. But Governor Cuomo is taking full political advantage of his new infrastructure bank by pushing out word of popular projects -- which not only provide needed area parks, but also create jobs around the state.
Here are links to the most recent round of press releases.