New York governor tours aging rail tunnel in funding push

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants President Donald Trump to get an up-close look at the level of damage in the century-old Hudson River rail tunnel.

The Democrat toured the tunnel late Wednesday night and plans to send video to the Republican president in a bid to get the administration to commit money to a $13 billion project to build a new tunnel.

The tunnel suffered saltwater damage from Superstorm Sandy in 2012 that is eating away at sidewalls that house copper cables and electrical wires.

Amtrak, which owns the tunnels, has estimated one or both of the tunnel tubes could fail in the next 10 to 15 years.

Trump administration officials have clashed with New Jersey and New York over a funding plan.