Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York planned oversight by the state Design and Construction Corporation for all Metropolitan Transportation Authority capital projects over $50 million is redundant and a waste of taxpayer money.
Both the MTA and the U.S. Department of Transportation have independent engineering firms to supplement in-house staff for oversight. These companies provide both oversight and technical assistance for capital projects.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, city Comptroller Scott Stringer, and the Office of Management and Budget and Independent Budget Office all perform periodic audits of MTA projects and programs.
Cuomo should instead use funds intended to create the Design and Construction Corporation as a down payment against the $7.3 billion he still owes the MTA toward fully funding the $27 billion 2015-2019 Five Year Capital Program.