Normally, I cannot stand fat cat developers shoveling money at lobbyists to influence Senators to spend my tax dollars, but some projects have more merit than others.
From an article in today’s New York Sun, titled “Push Is Growing for U.S. Funding of Penn Station Redo”:
…In the first half of 2007, developers Vornado Realty Trust and the Related Companies put about $710,000 into the advocacy efforts, according to federal lobbying filings, an amount that comes on top of more than $15,000 in campaign contributions to key legislators that could affect the funding.
…Based on their lobbying reports and the impressions of congressional staffers familiar with the plans, Vornado and Related seem to be targeting two main avenues for the funding: legislation that would “reauthorize” Amtrak, providing billions for long-term projects, and homeland security funding targeted for transportation improvements.
Amtrak, which for years had no desire to be in the Farley Post Office, now wants to base its operations in the building, according to an Amtrak spokesman, Clifford Cole.
I include the last snippet as a follow up to an earlier post, found here.
[Via Rob Johnston’s Blog]