Governor Andrew Cuomo's case to President Donald Trump for tens of billions in additional federal assistance was dishonest and misleading.
Albany faces a $12 billion deficit this year. Cuomo's claim of needing $64 billion represented a potential shortfall over four years.
The $29 billion Gateway Tunnel, $6.9 billion Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 and $2 billion LaGuardia AirTrain are not "shovel ready" today as Cuomo said. Only the $1.6 billion Portal Bridge portion of Gateway Tunnel has progressed through the environmental, design and engineering phases to support advertising construction contracts in 2020.
The LaGuardia AirTrain will not complete the federal NEPA environmental review process until 2021. Another year is needed for final design and engineering before construction contracts can be advertised in 2023.
Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 has completed NEPA. It still needs one to two more years for completion of design, engineering, business relocation and real estate acquisition before being ready for construction in 2022.
Cuomo's presentation for all four requests had more holes in it than a slice of Swiss cheese.