Cuomo calls for rebuilding roads, improving government

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to rebuild New York's roads and bridges through a job-creation program while
making state government leaner and more efficient.

"NY Works" would replace 100 bridges, including the Tappan Zee Bridge, and repair 2,000 miles of roads. Parks and flood control infrastructure would also be improved.

The proposals in the Democrat's State of the State address are part of his theme of creating jobs and reducing costs for taxpayers.

The state's infrastructure has long been a concern and has worsened in recent years because of budget cuts as the recession
sapped tax revenues.

Cuomo also says Wednesday he'll devote much of his second year to making state government work more efficiently at lower cost.

He says it's wise management to reorganize agencies first, then cut excess spending.

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