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NY gov to make statewide rail service announcement

(The following appeared on the Newsday website on March 9, 2009.)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. David Paterson plans to make an announcement on statewide passenger rail service.

Paterson has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Monday at the Amtrak train station in Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER'), across the Hudson River from Albany. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and other members of New York's congressional delegation also plan to attend.

The state's share of the federal stimulus package includes a slice of the $8 billion that is designated for railroad projects across the nation.

New York lawmakers in Albany and Washington have been pushing for federal funding for a high-speed rail line that would link Buffalo and New York City. Supporters of the proposal say improved passenger train service would boost the upstate economy.

Monday, March 9, 2009

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