Facebook, High Speed Rail and You

10 Nov

Rep. Slaughter and Secretary LaHood

Last week, Rep. Louise Slaughter and NY Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo formally notified Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood that New York State would gladly take the High Speed Rail funding that tea party governors-elect in Ohio and Wisconsin would not be utilizing.

Governors-Elect John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin stood fast on their campaign pledges that they would not accept American Recovery and Reinvestment Act monies for High Speed Rail in their states.

As Founder and Chairwoman of the Upstate Congressional Caucus, I (Rep. Slaughter) spoke with U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari on Thursday and told him that New York State would like to receive a portion of the $1.2 Billion in high-speed rail funding that was previously awarded to Wisconsin and Ohio.

Shortly thereafter, a Facebook campaign was initiated by various progressive political action groups across New York State to amplify Slaughter and Cuomo’s message.   Secretary LaHood has an answer for New Yorkers; message received.

If you’ve visited my Facebook page lately, then you’ve probably seen the explosion of notes from people urging Department of Transportation support for high-speed rail in New York State.

I don’t know who started it, but the Facebook campaign sure got my attention!

And I appreciate that many of the Facebook posts provided very good reasons for developing a high-speed rail network in New York State. Post after post echoed entrepreneur Monica Johns, who said a clean, reliable, and fast link to New York City will be a tremendous boost to businesses across the state.

The people of New York, like those in many other states, recognize the value high-speed rail offers.

Secretary LaHood has not made an official decision about the funding, but the power of social media and online activism is a force in the hands of citizens.  And they say Facebook is for Farmville addicts and narcissists!

If you support High Speed Rail in New York State, let Secretary LaHood know what you think.

One Response to “Facebook, High Speed Rail and You”

  1. Mike In WNY November 10, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Slaughter has never met a taxpayer dollar she didn’t like. High speed rail will do nothing but reinforce Albany has a giant sucking money pit that drives people and business away.

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