New York Daily News

Pols to gov: $7B for transit NOW

- Dan Rivoli

SHOW THE MTA the money!

A bipartisan group of Assembly members wants Gov. Cuomo to immediatel­y kick in his promised $7.3 billion to the MTA’s $29 billion capital program after his budget only contained a promise of money down the line.

The Friday letter from 36 lawmakers led by Assemblyma­n Jim Brennan (D-Brooklyn, inset) asks Cuomo to “make good on your promise” with a $7.3 billion contributi­on spread out over four years, “or provide a mechanism for the MTA to generate the necessary funds.”

Under a deal between Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, the Metropolit­an Transporta­tion Authority will get a total $10.8 billion from the state and city once the transit agency burns through its own financial resourc- es.

Cuomo already put $1 billion of the state’s planned $8.3 billion contributi­on towards the MTA capital plan.

“There is no additional new appropriat­ion in the budget because the MTA does not need it now,” Cuomo spokeswoma­n Beth DeFalco said. She added that the funds will be available when the MTA needs

them.

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