Business Leaders Lobby White House For Lower Manhattan-JFK Rail Link
By: NY1 News
NY1: Business Leaders Lobby White House For Lower Manhattan-JFK Rail Link
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A group of local business leaders took their case for the proposed Lower Manhattan to JFK Airport rail link to the White House Wednesday.
The executives, hand-picked by Governor George Pataki, met with White House budget chief Joshua Bolten to ask that the remaining tax credits from the $$20 billion September 11th aid package be converted to cash. Business leaders want that money to be used to build a train service from downtown Manhattan to JFK Airport in Queens.
The group says the link would entice more companies to make downtown their home and make it more appealing for companies already in Lower Manhattan to expand.
The rail link is expected to cost about $$6 billion. The Port Authority has already said it will commit $$560 million to the project.