Two New York Democrats voted no; Four New York Republicans voted yes


ALBANY – Leaders in New York hailed the passage by the United States House of a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Friday evening, saying the global deal would be an unprecedented injection of federal money to modernize roads and bridges, airports, public transit and water systems.

Over the next five years, members of Congress said, New York is expected to receive $ 12.6 billion in federal highway money; $ 9.8 billion for public transit, $ 2.6 billion for the improvement of hydraulic infrastructures and $ 1.9 billion for the replacement and repair of bridges.

New York’s airports will also receive $ 685 million for renovations and $ 100 million will be used to expand broadband coverage across the state with incentives to help low-income families.

“Congress has kept its promise to provide funding for infrastructure through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which means New York will be able to make critical investments in our roads, bridges and transportation by common, ”Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement on Saturday.

Stewart International Airport in Orange County will be among the New York airports to benefit from the federal infrastructure bill.

While the bill passed with bipartisan support, House members in New York were divided: two New York Democrats were among six to vote against, while four New York Republicans were among 13 representatives. of the GOP to support the measure.

Democratic Representative Jamaal Bowman, who represents parts of Westchester and the Bronx, voted against, as did fellow Liberal Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

They have long criticized the spending plan for not investing more in climate change and impoverished communities.

“Real investment in infrastructure must include transforming our economy to cope with the climate crisis, support for social workers, reform (additional security income), universal childcare, reconstruction of our crumbling public schools and more, ”Bowman said in August when the Senate passed the bill.

But the four New York Republicans who voted for it said the money to help infrastructure would be a major boost for the state and could not be dismissed.

There were two New York City Republicans who voted for, Reps Andrew Gabarino and Nicole Malliotakis, and two upstate Republicans John Katko and Tom Reed, who will not seek re-election next year. .

“Make no mistake: this bill is a victory for central New York. I urge the president to act quickly by enacting it,” Katko noted in a report.

President Joe Biden, whose party struggled to vote in local elections last Tuesday, is expected to sign the bill, calling it “a monumental step forward as a nation.”

After that, he will seek to pass the most controversial Build Back Better Act that Congress disagreed with that would provide an overhaul of social service programs in the country.

Katko, despite his support for the infrastructure bill, called the Build Back Better plan a “far left wishlist” that he would not support.

Still, Democrats praised the infrastructure plan and urged Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the inequalities plaguing our country, including the woefully underfunded infrastructure that requires our immediate attention,” said Representative Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, County Monroe, in a report. communicated.

Representative Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, said the infrastructure bill also includes stricter measures to keep limousines safe after an accident in Schoharie near Albany three years ago. years killed 20 people.

“Our legislation will create jobs, repair our roads and bridges, provide broadband and increase resilience to climate change,” Delgado said in a statement.

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Joseph Spector is the government and policy editor for the Atlantic Group of the USA TODAY Network, overseeing coverage in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. He can be contacted at [email protected] or followed on Twitter: @GannettAlbany

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