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Cuomo Announces $10 Billion JFK Airport Modernization Plan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- When it was built, John F. Kennedy International Airport was a marvel of modern achievement. Now, it ranks 59th our of the world's top 100 airports.

"It was built ahead of it's time," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Wednesday. "Now, time has passed us by."

Cuomo announced a blueprint Wednesday to upgrade or build new terminals with world class amenities at the heavily trafficked hub.

In addition, he pledged to replace the airport's confusing bowl of roads with a ring roadway, add lanes to the Van Wyck Expressway, fix the Kew Gardens Interchange, expand the JFK AirTrain, and at least contemplate a one seat ride to the airport.

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"You put it together, it's going to be in the ballpark of a ten billion dollar plan," Cuomo said in the Wednesday announcement. "It is an investment. I am proud of it."

The governor says the airport has the potential to drive up to $7 billion in private investment.

No timeline for the plan was announced.

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