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Photo courtesy of the office of Stacey Amato.
Photo courtesy of the office of Stacey Amato.
Assemblywoman Stacey Amato is looking to improve transportation to Manhattan from south Queens.

While Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato approves of Governor Cuomo’s $10 billion redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport, she believes more must be done to help people get there.

Specifically, Amato says that Cuomo should include in his JFK plans a “single-seat ride” mass transit proposal from JFK to Midtown Manhattan.

“This proposal is about keeping JFK world-class and making it serve the people of New York,” said Amato.

In a press release announcing the Request for Proposals for JFK, Cuomo pointed out that the airport “is one of the only major airports in the world that does not offer travelers a one-seat ride from its city center.”

Amato called Cuomo’s plan “absolutely vital for safety, for tourism, and for the creation of a 21st-century air infrastructure for Queens.”

The lawmaker is looking to improve the transit of not just tourists at the airport, but also her constituents in Rockaway Beach and the rest of south Queens with the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, which brought commuters between south Queens and Manhattan until 1960. On the other hand, there’s also an effort to turn the abandoned line into a new public park.

“My message to Governor Cuomo, the MTA and the Port Authority is: you can’t have a world-class airport without quick travel to the city center,” said Amato. “South Queens has been isolated from the transit grid for too long, and we know that because we can’t get to jobs, family and recreation as fast as the rest of the city. We used to have a 45 commute to Midtown; now, it’s twice that.”

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