Cuomo Accuses Federal Government Of ‘Shortchanging New York,’ Proposes $306 Billion Infrastructure Plan

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Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed the federal government was “shortchanging” New York in the fourth episode of his State of the State address.

Cuomo accused Washington, D.C. of “subsidizing other states with” New York’s tax dollars.

“Why should we subsidize other states to keep their taxes artificially low, so they can then appeal to our citizens and businesses to relocate,” Cuomo asked. “And it’s only been getting worse.”

Cuomo said that part of the problem is New York needs help from Washington, D.C. in addressing its $15 billion state deficit. (RELATED: New York Gov. Cuomo Sending State National Guard To DC)

“We’ve established that the state’s short term $15 billion dollar economic deficit must be addressed by Washington,” Cuomo said. “And the inarguable truth that Washington has assaulted New York for the past four years, and that we must demand justice and fairness from Washington.”

Despite this deficit, Cuomo argues that now is the time for the state to spend money in an attempt to build a “new New York.”

“History teaches us that when the private economy is lagging, the public sector can spur activity,” Cuomo said. “That when unemployment is high, the public sector can create jobs. And when interest rates are low, the public sector should invest … only the public sector can build the common economic platform for growth.”

Cuomo announced a $306 billion infrastructure improvement plan, calling it the “largest infrastructure plan in New York history.”

The center of his plan revolves around developing a new Manhattan Midtown West transit hub that will span across 140 acres of land.

“Now 140 acres may not sound like much in upstate New York, but in Manhattan, it is massive,” Cuomo pointed out. “It will be a transit oriented development on a scale never attempted.”

Cuomo explained the state will also expand Penn Station’s capacity by using federal funds to purchase the “square block” to the south of the station. This will add onto the station’s already existing 21 tracks.

“We call it Penn South,” Cuomo said. “That will add 40% more train capacity by adding at least eight additional underground tracks.”

Cuomo also announced the state will expand the Javits Center by 1.2 million square feet. Additional undertakings include expansion of the High Line, a transformation of pier 76 into a public tourist site, and a complete redevelopment of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

“These Westside projects represent $51 billion in investment and 196,000 jobs,” Cuomo said. “Even more, they will show New Yorkers and the world that a new New York City is in reach, and that the future is bright.”

The governor also unveiled numerous infrastructure projects for locations upstate and in Long Island. (RELATED: Restaurants Win Lawsuit Challenging Cuomo’s Coronavirus Restrictions, Are Allowed To Reopen)