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Cuomo on new train station: 'Decide' or pay $1 million

Buffalo’s running debate on where to build a new Amtrak station will not involve Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

But he made clear in Buffalo on Tuesday that local leaders have a deadline of April 26 to choose between sites downtown and the Central Terminal.

"I said to the mayor – decide,” he said during a meeting at The Buffalo News. “I don’t care what the decision is – decide.

“If there is not a decision on time, you pay for the consultant,” he added, referring to the $1 million for the state sponsorship of the study that has retained WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff consulting firm.

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The governor returned to one of his favorite topics – the 20-year inability of local stakeholders to decide whether to build a new Peace Bridge – while comparing the debate over the new rail facility. He said locals dithered for too long on whether to have one bridge or two, “red or blue, yellow or green.”

“My point is – decide,” he said.

The committee headed by Mayor Byron W. Brown is expected to return a decision by the governor’s deadline in order to qualify for the costs of the consulting study and the $25 million earmarked for the new station.

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