Don't You Wish Your Projects Received an Expedited Review??

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Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced the selection of 14 infrastructure projects around the country that would receive an expedited permitting and environmental review process.  These projects were granted expedited review status because they are expected to create a significant number of jobs. 

I admit, I was glad to see that the Tappan Zee Bridge project was on the list.  I often drive over that bridge on my way to Connecticut to visit my in-laws.  Unfortunately, for me and others who drive over the bridge, the project is not "shovel ready" and will not begin for several years. 

There is something else that is unfortunate,  The projects on this list are only being expedited with respect to federal permitting and environmental reviews.  Wouldn't it have been nice if the Governor could order a decree including your project on the short list for an expedited review by, say, DEP or the Army Corps of Engineers? 

I have seen many projects ready to move forward, but awaiting one last permit from an outside agency.  Applying the Obama Administration's standards locally, sounds like if your project has the ability for significant job creation, you should approach your legislators and see how you can get your project on the short list for an expedited review. 

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