Meng serves as New York’s representative on the Regional Leadership Council
WASHINGTON, D.C. – RealEstateRama – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens), a member of the Regional Leadership Council (RLC), yesterday commemorated the two-year anniversary of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
The BIL, which was signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021, continues making historic and needed investments in improving transportation, infrastructure, modernizing the electric grid, expanding access to high-speed internet, and so much more.
“In the two years since the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was signed into law, New York State and the entire country have seen massive investments in improving infrastructure,” said Meng. “I have been proud to use my role on the Regional Leadership Council to express the importance of federal funds making its way to the New York region. These funds are helping improve lives and I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the people of Queens and for the state of New York in bringing these needed federal funds to improving our communities.”
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law delivered and is continuing to deliver real and transformational change to New York. This act provides the largest single federal investment in infrastructure in the history of the Republic to help fix our airports, crumbling bridges, roads and tunnels, provide clean water throughout the land, modernize our mass transportation systems and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs for hardworking New Yorkers,” said Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries. “I thank President Biden, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Chair Steny Hoyer and the Regional Leadership Council for their efforts in shepherding $16.8 billion to New York and their work ensuring that our implementation strategy is comprehensive, equitable and robust.”
In the two years since the BIL was signed by President Biden, $16.8 billion in funding has been announced for New York State, with more on the way, funding about 350 specific projects, including:
$318.3 million for airports, including JFK, LaGuardia, and dozens of regional airports.
$100.7 million to build out a network of EV chargers across the state.
$4.3 billion to improve public transportation including $250 million to the MTA to make our New York City’s subway system more accessible for people with disabilities.
$664.6 million to connect people in state to reliable high-speed internet.
$14.1 billion for transportation (roads, bridges, public transit, ports, and airports).
$8.7 billion for roads, bridges, roadway safety, and major projects.
$1 billion for clean water infrastructure.
The Regional Leadership Council was created by Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) at the start of the Congress and is headed by former Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). In the Congresswoman’s capacity on the Regional Leadership Council, she helps ensure that historic legislation, like the BIL, is being implemented throughout the New York region.
Additionally, the RLC enhances coordination among the Biden Administration, Congress, and regional stakeholders to make the implementation process function as quickly and effectively as possible.