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Hochul punts on bill to give lawmakers more leeway to veto Penn Station project

(AM NY)  Kevin Duggan, July 13, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul was noncommittal on signing a bill anytime soon that would give state lawmakers more leeway to veto her contested Penn Station redevelopment plan.

Good government groups have urged Hochul to fast-track the legislation repealing controversial restrictions put in place by former Governor Andrew Cuomo on the so-called Public Authorities Control Board, before the massive real estate proposal around the transit hub comes up for a vote before the obscure state panel.

“I’m not constrained by artificial deadlines that are designed by other people,” Hochul told reporters during an unrelated press conference Tuesday.

She added that some 1,000 bills passed by the Legislature this session are awaiting her John Hancock.

“Everything requires a thoughtful response. I need to take the time to work with my team and the people affected and come up with the right answers,” she said.

Projects overseen by certain state authorities — Empire State Development in the case of Penn Station — need the unanimous approval from the four-member PACB, which has a representative from the governor, one each from both houses of the state Legislature, and a non-voting member for the minority Republicans.

Source: AMNY