No, really, this is not from The Onion.
…an NBC reporter praised the completion of the first stage of the project as a great example of “showing people that government can still do big things.”
This portion of the subway line took 96 years to complete.
Now scheduled to open on New Year’s Day, 2017, the line was proposed in 1920. Put on hold because of the Great Depression, the project sputtered along until 2007 when construction restarted in earnest. One of several photos from the line’s checkered history shows Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller breaking ground for its construction in 1972. The 30 block expansion is the largest in 50 years for the aging subway system, with a price tag of $4.5 billion.
But when current New York governor Andrew Cuomo (son of former New York governor Mario Cuomo and brother of CNN host Chris Cuomo) finally managed to get the first phase of this long awaited project up and running, NBC’s hailed it as a great day for government programs.
On NBC’s Today on December 30, after an odd moment of Cuomo enthusiastically declaring that “And that’s when I said, no, we’re gonna make the deadline, just to show you that we can make the deadline. And we’re gonna do it right.” (Is THAT how deadlines work?), NBC correspondent Craig Melvin pitched a softball to the governor, “This was also about showing people that government can still do big things.”….