When New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo started his new term, one of his goals was to improve the condition of the state’s infrastructure. In 2019 he proposed $150 billion to fund infrastructure projects for the next five years that would help create 675,000 jobs.[i]
Fixing critical infrastructure is an issue for every state in the U.S. and is of particular importance to New York, which has a large population and welcomes tens of millions of tourists every year. New York is the 5th most visited state in the nation,[ii] welcoming a record 243.8 million visitors in 2017,[iii] with New York City alone receiving 65.2 million visitors in 2018[iv] and the state parks welcomed a record 74 million people in 2018 as well.[v] With the number of visitors continuing to increase each year, it’s no wonder the Governor has come up with an ambitious plan to address the state’s infrastructure woes to ensure New York remains an attractive destination for visitors. From the hiking trails of the Adirondacks to the wineries of Western New York to the bright lights of New York City, the Empire State has something for everyone, but all of these destinations must be supported by reliable infrastructure to accommodate a constant stream of visitors.
Governor Cuomo’s program to revitalize the state’s aging infrastructure includes updating buildings, improving roadways, bridges and mass transit systems, installing statewide broadband and becoming a leader in clean energy.
Governor Cuomo’s Infrastructure Program for New York
Governor Cuomo’s proposed $150 billion in funding is in addition to an already existing $100 billion set aside for infrastructure programs that focuses on rebuilding mass transit systems like railroads, airports, highways, bridges and tunnels. In addition to these improvements, the existing funding will be used to build safe and secure affordable housing, new and better schools, environmental and park facilities, and support NY’s sustainable energy future. The $100 billion program has already made headway on a variety of infrastructure projects including:
- The Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (replaced the Tappan Zee Bridge)
- 2nd Ave Subway project
- Downtown revitalization project
- Water infrastructure
- Improvements to airports including JFK and LaGuardia
- Improvements to train stations including Penn Station
- Javits Center expansion
- Buffalo Children’s Hospital
- Staten Island Seawall
The new $150 billion program will build upon existing projects as well as make improvements and upgrades to some of the following infrastructures:
- Port Authority bus terminal
- George Washington Bridge bus station
- Upgrades to the Subway system
- Improvements to the SUNY & CUNY buildings
- Improvements to health care facilities
New York: A Leader in Clean Energy
Of all these projects, one of Governor Cuomo’s primary goals is to make New York a leader in clean energy, which is why he floated a proposed investment of $32 billion to be used towards projects focused on environmental and green energy.i In July 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into legislation the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which is intended to fight climate change. Cuomo’s plan to make the state of New York a leader in clean energy, has proposed multiple projects over a 20 year period, including the installation of six gigawatts of distributed solar energy by 2025, three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030 and installing nine gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2035.[vi] As the most aggressive climate change program in the United States, Cuomo’s Green New Deal puts focus on making New York a carbon-neutral state across all sectors; this includes transportation, buildings, industry and agriculture and power generation.vi
The Niagara Power Project
The most ambitious of the Governor’s initiatives is the Niagara Power Project. Cuomo has proposed $1.1 billion to be distributed over fifteen years to upgrade the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, an initiative that would extend the operating life of the power plant for another fifty years. The project would also create over 200,000 jobs and generate $17 billion in capital investments. This project is part of the Governor’s goal to achieve one hundred percent carbon-free electricity in the state of New York by 2040.
The Niagara Power Project is one of the nation’s largest hydroelectric projects and the largest clean energy producer for New York. In 1961 when it produced its first power, it became the largest hydropower facility in the Western world, supplying ten percent of the state’s energy. The project is being run by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), one of the largest public power organizations in the United States. NYPA does not use tax money or state credit to fund their operations; instead they finance them through sales of bonds and revenue from electricity sales. Currently over seventy percent of the electricity produced by NYPA comes from clean renewable hydropower.
(Source: 2019. Governor.ny.gov. Governor Cuomo Announces $1.1 Billion, 15-Year Project to Extend Operating Life of State's Largest Power Plant: The Niagara Power Project. 05 Aug. 2019)
Finding Job Opportunities
The Niagara Power Project is one of the largest infrastructure projects the state of New York is undertaking and this means that there are plenty of job opportunities to go around for a number of businesses in multiple areas. Some of the work that will be required includes:
- Replacing equipment/mechanical parts
- Upgrades to the control systems
- Inspections to the penstocks
- Refurbishing the 630-ton crane
- Constructing a new back-up control room
- Making it a fully digital utility
This is just one of many infrastructure projects in New York and there are plenty more opportunities for any business to find throughout the state. Companies looking to work with the state of New York will find it beneficial to check out any one of these lucrative opportunities as it can provide them with a chance to significantly grow their business within the public sector.
For help in finding these types of opportunities throughout the state of New York, using a bid intelligence service like BidNet is a perfect solution. BidNet makes it easy to search and manage targeted opportunities for any business interested in working in the public sector.
Danielle Calamaras | BidNet.com