Two weeks ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo convened the press to announce that he would achieve what governors before him had not: a transformative renovation of the much-reviled Penn Station.
Even better, he would get it done quickly, issuing a “request for proposals” to developers that same week, with responses due in 90 days.
That timeline, in fact, was one of the very few concrete details contained in an announcement that was otherwise made up mostly of history lessons and pronouncements like “Government is not a soap box. Government is a vehicle of results and action.”
“The redevelopment of Penn Station will commence this week,” Cuomo said, during the event at Madison Square Garden. "We’re not going to waste any time. We’re going to do a joint solicitation—RFP/RFEI, for people who like acronyms—by Empire State, Amtrak and the MTA for the redevelopment of Penn by a private sector developer.”
But those solicitations have yet to be issued, as promised.
It’s not clear what the hold-up is.
The governor’s office referred questions to Empire State Development, which had no comment. Nor did Amtrak.
Government is a vehicle of results and action...
Sure it is.
Cuomo's government is a lot of talk, some action, mostly PR...