Last Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo hosted Vice President Joe Biden in Albany, and presented his administration’s plan to use federal disaster aid to make the state’s infrastructure more weather resistant.
Gov. Cuomo said that the state is planning to improve its weather-detection capabilities by increasing the number of weather stations from 27 to 125. He also said that the state plans to establish a new SUNY school, the SUNY College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cyber Security. It would be the first of its kind in the nation.
Vice President Biden praised the plan, noting that spending on infrastructure creates “economic growth” and “middle-class jobs,” and that President Obama has proposed an additional $50 billion in infrastructure spending. He compared the infrastructure upgrades and the need nationally with historic New York projects like the Erie Canal and the Brooklyn Bridge.