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Gov. Cuomo: NY to do JFK, LaGuardia construction

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the state to take over construction projects at LaGuardia Airport and Kennedy International Airport.

Cuomo made the announcement during his state of the state address in Albany Wednesday. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey runs the airports.

The governor said LaGuardia and JFK are busy but rate poorly in design and passenger experience.

He says the development of a new central terminal at LaGuardia has been "frozen in time."

He says both airports also need upgrades that will bring retail shopping, restaurants, on-airport hotels and free Wi-Fi.

He says he's planning to redevelop JFK's cargo capacity, which already supports about $6.3 billion in economic activity.

A spokesman for the Port Authority didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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