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Senate sidetracks $2B for a rail link to Kennedy Airport

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Senate sidetracks $2B for a rail link to Kennedy Airport

The last $2 billion in 9/11 federal recovery money for New York City was put on hold Tuesday in a Senate meltdown over rules and election year politics.


Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes needed to break the GOP's roadblock on a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration, to which New York's $2 billion was attached.


Senators from both parties later traded charges of stalling on the FAA bill to provide grist for campaign ads in November.


The bill's failure dimmed prospects for the city this year receiving any of the $2 billion, which was slated for a Kennedy Airport rail link, but Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he would try to attach the $2 billion to another bill.


"We will keep working to deliver this funding to New York," Schumer said.


Full story: nydailynews_logo.gif icon_offsite.png - May 7, 2008

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