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Hochul wants $41 million to replace crumbling staircase at state Capitol

Gov. Kathy Hochul has proposed $41 million to repair grand staircase on the front of the New York State Capitol building.

The East-facing steps of the Capitol, which look out onto the Hudson River, are set to undergo rehabilitation efforts that could fix the crumbling staircase, which has been closed for years due to safety concerns, according to Albany Times-Union.

The project is part of Hochul’s proposed $242 million spending on infrastructure projects related to the state government. State officials have budgeted for the projects on the assumption the federal government’s “Build Back Better Act” will not pass Congress.

The 77-step staircase traditionally served as a place for politicians to make speeches, protestors to gather, and tourists to stop for a photo-op.