ALBANY — Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo is asking the federal government to redirect $1.2 billion to New York for high-speed rail projects.
The Democrat is asking Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to redirect the money to New York if the governors-elect in Ohio and Wisconsin continue with their promise to cancel the projects that were to be funded with the money.
Cuomo says high-speed rail could be the 21st century equivalent of the Erie Canal and New York is ready to spend the money now as a boost to the economy.
Cuomo says thousands of jobs would be created as well as a faster route across the state.
There was no immediate comment from federal government.
Ohio’s incoming governor Republican John Kasich wants to scrap a high-speed rail project in the face of growing deficits.