Could a Sound tunnel be Cuomo’s next big thing?

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

Albany Times Union

The state’s budget is now signed, sealed and sent to the printer but can it sustain the promise of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s dream of big ticket infrastructure projects?

For those of us who first proposed a Long Island Sound tunnel some eight years ago, the answer is found in the artful maneuvering to close a $4.4 billion deficit in a budget of $168 billion and the political need to outflank the loss of federal cap on state and local tax deductions.

Earlier this year the governor put down his political markers on an idea my company first proposed in 2010: building a cross sound tunnel that would link Long Island to Rye in Westchester. For a governor who continues to define himself as a potential presidential nominee, investing significant political capital in this multibillion dollar “moon shot” of infrastructure projects would have implications for his political future…

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