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Staten Island Big Winner in City Stim Funds; Tracking Tool Released

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NY Highway Infrastructure Investment Projects

NY Highway Infrastructure Investment Projects

The city released its list of transportation stimulus projects yesterday, and Staten Island is walking away with the lion's share of funding -- $175 million out of $261 million total. But the ramps to the Brooklyn Bridge will also get nearly $50 million in funding. Other projects include a greenway in the South Bronx and a Long Island City plaza. Note these projects don't include other projects in NYC that the state controls the funding for -- including mass transit.

The city also released a detailed breakdown of how the projects will be funded (stimulus dollars vs. regular city capital funds) that gives a pretty interesting window into how stimulus dollars help move projects along -- by moving stimulus money into ready-to-go projects, the city gets to hang on to funds for other projects that might not be ready now. So the $50 million in bridge funds will be saved for some other projects down the road. The city also unveiled a pretty cool tool -- the stimulus tracker. one of the most detailed breakdowns of spending I've seen on any state site.

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