Borough President Melinda Katz responds to questions about plans to overhaul John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queens, unveiled earlier today by Governor Andrew Cuomo:

“As the home to both New York City airports, Queens has become the borough of growth while still remaining the borough of families. Governor Cuomo today unveiled a bold, ambitious, critical plan to overhaul JFK, while still accounting for its impact on surrounding communities. Especially welcome in the Governor’s plan is the inclusion of significant enhancements to the MTA Jamaica Station for mass transit riders on the subways, buses and rails, while looking to build out a seamless one-seat ride between JFK and Manhattan.‎ Also necessary are the Governor’s inclusions of expanding the scope of work on the Kew Gardens Interchange, and expanding the Van Wyck Expressway from three lanes into four to help abate the existing chronic bottleneck for drivers. It’s a new day for infrastructure in New York, and Queens lauds the Governor’s new blueprint to transform our gateways and keep the region globally competitive in the 21st century.”

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