NEW YORK, NEW YORK – United States Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) called out her opponent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for not doing enough on the stalled $30 billion Gateway project, a massive new rail tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New York and New Jersey. The multibillion-dollar program, which includes a new swing-span Portal Bridge as well as improvements to Penn Station, has languished in Washington despite New York’s junior Senator calling it the “single most important rail project in the country.” Gillibrand voted against a down payment of $540 million for Gateway in March when she opposed the bipartisan omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year in September. Farley pledged to work with the Trump administration and members of Congress in order to secure the funding to complete the Gateway project.
“Kirsten Gillibrand’s do-nothing attitude toward her 19 million constituents has had significant real-world costs,” said Farley. “The stalled Gateway bridge-and-tunnel construction project is one example: It’s estimated that we lose $100 million a day in lost productivity and economic output when one of the two aging rail tunnels into New York City goes out of service, which happens regularly. Gateway should be a top domestic policy priority, but partisan politics has stalled construction and halted necessary funding.
“The federal government is in danger of running out of money in September. I’m an engineer who negotiates for a living. If I were representing the people of New York as their Senator on a must-pass piece of legislation, I would be in that room with the President and members of Senate leadership in order to hash out a compromise that finally gets construction underway on this critical infrastructure project. Washington politicians take $48 billion in overpayments from our taxpayers every year to spend on pet projects in states far away from New York. This is funding that could be devoted to Gateway on day one. I'll recover the money and redirect it towards all our aging tunnels, bridges, roadways and other essential infrastructure in New York.
“Kirsten Gillibrand won’t lead on Gateway because she’s running for President in 2020 rather than doing the real work of a Senator right here, right now. She’s abandoned New Yorkers on an issue that has regional and national implications for our economy. As Senator, I'll succeed where Kirsten Gillibrand hasn't bothered to try,” said Farley.
Chele Farley is an outsider with over 25 years of experience in the private sector. She is the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for U.S. Senate. Farley lives in New York City with her husband Richard and their three sons. For more information about U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley, please visit www.CheleFarleyforSenate.com.