Will The Moynahan Station (Amtrak-NJ Transit Train Station in Midtown) Ever Be Built?
The people of the City, and those who travel here, have been aggrieved by short-sighted
transportation administration for decades. Want examples? The destruction of the beautiful
Pennsylvania Station, the cancellation of the tunnel under the Hudson by Christie, the
interminable delays in developing the central post-office into the Moynahan Station. We are
concerned that in today's budget conscious environment much needed employment for
dockbuilders, pile drivers, carpenters, concrete workers, iron workers, electricians and all the
other building trades will be passed over.
An interesting development is Governor Cuomo's announcement this week that he has
recommended Patrick J. Foye to become executive director of the Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey (PANYNJT), and has called for consolidation of the Moynihan Station
Development Corp. and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. (LMDCT) operations into the
Port Authority. His studies show that there would be no fiscal impact to PANYNJ as a result of
this actions, and would, rather, build efficiencies into the rebuilding. The governor stated, "The
Port Authority is best situated to oversee the development at Moynihan Station and the orderly
wind down of the LMDC, and these changes will consolidate responsibility within the
Chris Ward is reportedly resigning by the end of the month after many years at the helm of the
PANYNJ, and Mr. Foye's nomination is subject to PANYNJ board approval. The Building and
Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, commended Foye's nomination, looking
forward to competent and practical management by the Port Authority in maintaining and
expanding regional transportation assets and completing the rebuilding of the World Trade
We applaud any actions that will provide jobs to our construction worker constituents, which,
Mr. Christie, will spur the economy in both New York and New Jersey.