NORWICH – A state economic development agency claims the New York Susquehanna & Western railroad has received $4 million in state Department of Transportation money since 2000 to repair possibly soon-to-be-abandoned tracks, and is now asking for $5.4 million more. $5 million of the latest request is to reportedly make upgrades for passenger train service between Utica and Binghamton, with $400,000 for flood repairs between Sherburne and Chenango Forks.
The figures were disclosed in a March 6 letter sent to City of Norwich Mayor Joseph Maiurano from the Empire State Development Corporation’s downstate Chairman, Patrick Foye.
An NYS&W representative claims he can not confirm if the new $5.4 million bail-out plea was made, admitting the figures don’t add-up.
“You can’t start passenger service for $5 million dollars,” said NYS&W attorney Nathan Fenno, explaining that the sum supposedly asked for would never cover costs for passenger cars or the new stations that would be needed. “I’m not aware of it (the request), that doesn’t mean it didn’t happened.”