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New York - New York City To Speed Up $1 Billion In Capital Projects

Published on: October 17, 2012 08:59 PM
By: Reuters
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Mayor Bloomberg, City Comptroller Liu and City Council Speaker Quinn today announced changes to the City’s four-year Capital Commitment Plan to accelerate work on more than $1 billion of critical infrastructure projects throughout the city.  October 17, 2012 (Photo Credit: Edward Reed)Mayor Bloomberg, City Comptroller Liu and City Council Speaker Quinn today announced changes to the City’s four-year Capital Commitment Plan to accelerate work on more than $1 billion of critical infrastructure projects throughout the city.  October 17, 2012 (Photo Credit: Edward Reed)

New York - New York City will speed up spending on more than $1 billion of infrastructure projects to take advantage of record-low interest rates, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a news conference on Wednesday.

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The road, bridge, school building and other projects are part of the city’s long-term capital plan after fiscal 2014, and some of them have already begun. But now spending on them will be accelerated to within the next two years.

The projects could create about 8,000 jobs, mostly in construction, and save more than $200 million in debt service because of historically low interest rates, New York City Comptroller John Liu said at the press conference.

Liu first proposed a detailed acceleration plan in May, though it originally called for the city to speed up $2 billion in infrastructure spending, rather than the $1 billion announced on Wednesday.

“These are not high profile, big ticket items. In fact, the bulk of them are completely unglamorous,” Bloomberg told reporters.

About $290 million will be spent to fix school buildings.


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 Oct 17, 2012 at 09:56 PM yaakov doe Says:

Mayor Bloomberg - How about rebuilding Coney Island Ave before it destroys my car? Or perhaps Linden Blvd. We Brooklynites are part of New York City too.

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 Oct 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM Anonymous Says:

May please consider the long postponed new site for the 70th Police Precinct that you've postponed time and time again. The lot that the City let slip away twice is now available. It's time to replace the 19th century stationhouse.

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