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New York set to get additional rail stimulus money


Update: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has announced that New York is netting $7.3 million out of what Ohio and Wisconsin rejected.  From a statement:

“I’ve been advocating for this extra money for New York for months and today’s news that an additional $7.3 million is coming to our state is superb,” said Slaughter. “I’m delighted that New York is able to take advantage of this additional stimulus money to build high-speed passenger rail stretching across the state.”When Republicans were elected to governorships in Ohio and Wisconsin last month, they vowed to reject federal rail stimulus money. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that money would be redistributed among 13 other states that applied for rail funds.

You can see the full results of the redistribution from the Department of Transportation here.

Earlier: According to the New York Times, the Department of Transportation has figured out how to divvy up Ohio and Wisconsin’s rejected funds

The federal Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it was taking back the $810 million that had been awarded to Wisconsin to build a train line from Milwaukee to Madison, and the $385 million that was awarded to Ohio to build a train line linking Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. The money will be redistributed to 12 other states, with the biggest winners being California and Florida, which are building high-speed trains.

New York is expected to receive less than $10 million. After the governors-elect announced plans to reject the money, New York Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to LaHood, lobbying for New York to receive a share of that pot of money.  

Innovation Trail alumnus Ryan Morden is originally from Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's in journalism, minoring in political science and Scandinavian studies. Morden was Morning Edition producer and reporter at WRVO before moving over to the Innovation Trail project. Before landing at WRVO, Morden covered the Washington State legislature as a correspondent for Northwest News Network (N3), a group of nine NPR affiliates in the northwest.
WXXI/Finger Lakes reporter for the Innovation Trail.
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