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In NY Governor Cuomo's Address, No Mention of the Word "Transit"
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - 02:04 PM
UPDATED In his second annual State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not mention the word "transit," according to the prepared text of his speech.
Cuomo controls the MTA, the nation's largest transit system.
In the written speech, Cuomo did promise to rebuild "100 bridges and 2,000 miles of road" and vowed to move forward on his plan to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge between Westchester to Rockland Counties. And he talks about the state's efforts to repair roads and bridges devastated by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.
Cuomo also referred to the MTA (or Metropolitan Transportation Authority) in two places -- by touting how he cut the payroll tax, which funds the MTA, and later by noting how "investments by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority help protect the reliability of the transportation network that supports the metropolitan New York regional economy and 8.5 million riders a day."
He also points out that the MTA's "Built in NY" program "has an impact on the economic development throughout new York State, from Oriskany to Jameston, Yonkers to Plattsburgh."'
Cuomo's delivered speech differed from his prepared remarks. Nevertheless, Cuomo also did not say the word "transit" in his actual speech. In his oral remarks, he did (briefly) refer to cutting the MTA payroll tax, and to MTA capital construction projects, though only in the context of his proposed infrastructure bank.