Schumer: Proposed infrastructure deal would bring jobs, billions in funding for New York projects

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(WETM/AP) – Billions of dollars in funding could be coming to New York as President Biden’s infrastructure proposal heads to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The nearly $1 trillion bill was passed in the Senate 67-32 with 17 Republicans joining all 50 Senate Democrats.

U.S. Senator Majority Leader Charles Schumer says the bill “delivers huge for New York and will advance critical projects.”

“The bipartisan infrastructure deal will be a building and jobs boon for critical New York needs from Plattsburgh to Jamestown, and everywhere in between,” said Senator Schumer. “Whether it’s critical bridge or highway repairs, safety improvements at our airports or for water systems, this deal represents massive investments that will rebuild and revive the Empire State’s infrastructure. From clean drinking water to upgraded sewer to repairing bridges and highways, there is more work to be done, but billions are on the way to move on it and create good jobs while advancing critical projects.”  

Schumer detailed the ‘federal pot’ as it relates to funding that New York will receive for transit, passenger rail, highways, airports and water.

Highway Funding:

 Specifically for New York:

·       $11.5 billion for the usual reauthorization apportionments

·       $142 million for EV charging infrastructure

·       $1.9 billion from a new vehicular bridge repair formula program

Airport funding:

Nationally, $25 billion; $937,030,865 for New York.

Airport NameTotal
Albany International$28,662,945
Plattsburgh International$7,634,940
Columbia County$1,480,000
Saratoga County$1,480,000
Floyd Bennett Memorial$1,480,000
Schenectady County$1,480,000
Adirondack Regional$1,480,000
Fulton County$790,000
Ticonderoga Municipal$550,000
Piseco$550,000
Lake Placid$550,000
Malone-Dufort$550,000
Syracuse Hancock International$27,339,820
Ogdensburg International$5,101,240
Watertown International$5,084,660
Massena International-Richards Field$1,480,000
Potsdam Municipal/Damon Field$1,480,000
Griffiss International$1,480,000
Oswego County$790,000
Cortland County-Chase Field$790,000
Hamilton Municipal$790,000
Greater Rochester International$27,038,025
Penn Yan$1,480,000
Perry-Warsaw$790,000
Finger Lakes Regional$790,000
Dansville Municipal$790,000
Genesee County$790,000
Canandaigua$790,000
Westchester County$22,597,580
New York Stewart International$12,499,175
Orange County$790,000
Sullivan County International$790,000
Warwick Municipal$790,000
Joseph Y Resnick$790,000
Hudson Valley Regional$790,000
Long Island MacArthur$21,595,630
Republic$3,735,000
Francis S Gabreski$1,480,000
East Hampton$1,480,000
Brookhaven$1,480,000
Elizabeth Field$550,000
Bayport Aerodrome$550,000
John F Kennedy International$294,682,575
La Guardia$150,008,970
Elmira/Corning Regional$8,555,765
Ithaca Tompkins Regional$7,151,415
Greater Binghamton/Edwin A Link Field$5,143,250
Corning-Painted Post$790,000
Tri-Cities$790,000
Wellsville Municipal Airport, Tarantine Field$790,000
Sidney Municipal$790,000
Albert S. Nader Regional$790,000
Lt Warren Eaton$790,000
Cattaraugus County-Olean$790,000
Hornell Municipal$550,000
Buffalo Niagara International$37,509,535
Niagara Falls International$7,532,740
Chautauqua County/Dunkirk$790,000
Chautauqua County/Jamestown$790,000
NY Total$937,030,865
Rail
PurposeAmountObjective(Sub-Account)NotesAccount
Amtrak -National Network$16 Billion$16B for Amtrak national capital backlog needs$688 million: will save NYS its contribution to replacing the Amtrak railcars that operate upstate.Amtrak National Network Grant Account
Amtrak -Northeast Corridor (NEC)$6 billion $6B for Amtrak NEC capital backlog ($3B for sole use, and $3B shared use capital renewal backlog)Some will go to GatewayAmtrak NEC Grant Account 
Northeast Corridor Modernization$24 billion $24B for NEC modernization through NECC Connect 2035 backlog/improvements planThese are competitive grants that Gateway, Metro-North Penn Access, and East River Tunnels can compete forFed-State Partnership Grant Program (NEC set-aside)
Intercity passenger rail$12 billion$12B for development of corridor services (new/ upgraded, including high speed rail) Fed-State Partnership Grant Program (non-NEC set-aside)
Total: $59 Billion

NEW YORK WATER:

·       Tens of billions for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund that can be used for grants or to forgive loans so that New York State can ensure communities have the clean drinking water they deserve

·       $10 billion carve out within the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for PFAS, 1,4-Dioxane, and other emerging contaminants to help communities in Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and across New York State.

·       Billions for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund that can be utilized by New York communities to address sewer overflow and other wastewater issues

The White House released a summary of the total spending from the bill on Wednesday.

— $110 billion for roads and bridges. The $40 billion for bridges is the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the Interstate highway system

— $39 billion for public transit. The money would be used to modernize bus and subway fleets and bring new service to communities. That’s about $10 billion less than senators negotiating the agreement had originally designated.

— $66 billion for passenger and freight rail. The money would be used to reduce Amtrak’s maintenance backlog, improve Amtrak’s 457-mile-long Northeast Corridor as well as other routes and make safety improvements to rail grade crossings.

— $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging stations, which the administration says is critical to accelerating the use of electric vehicles to curb climate change.

— $5 billion for the purchase of electric school buses and hybrids, reducing reliance on school buses that run on diesel fuel.

— $17 billion for ports and $25 billion for airports to reduce congestion and address maintenance backlogs.

— $55 billion for water and wastewater infrastructure, including funding to replace all of the nation’s service lines using lead pipe.https://interactives.ap.org/embeds/nXtiL/22/

— $65 billion to expand broadband access, a particular problem for rural areas and tribal communities. Most of the money would be made available through grants to states.

— $21 billion to clean up superfund and brownfield sites, reclaim abandoned mine land and cap obsolete gas wells.

— $73 billion for modernizing the nation’s electric grid and expanding the use of renewable energy.

And here’s a breakdown of pay-fors in a Republican summary of the plan:

— Tapping about $205 billion in unspent COVID-19 relief aid. Congress has provided about $4.7 trillion in emergency assistance in response to the pandemic.

— Drawing on about $53 billion in unemployment insurance aid that the federal government was providing to supplement state unemployment insurance. Dozens of states are declining to take the federal supplement.

— Drawing on about $49 billion by further delaying a Medicare rule giving beneficiaries rebates that now go to insurers and middlemen called pharmacy benefit managers. The trade association for drug manufacturers argued that the rule would help reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs, but the Congressional Budget Office had projected that it would increase taxpayer costs by $177 billion over 10 years.

— Raising an estimated $87 billion in spectrum auctions for 5G services.

— Restarting a tax on chemical manufacturers that had expired in 1995, raising about $13 billion. The money had been used to help fund the cleanup of Superfund sites. Also, selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would add about $6 billion.

— Strengthening tax enforcement when it comes to cryptocurrencies, raising about $28 billion.

— Relying on projected economic growth from the investments to bring in about $56 billion.

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