This chapter examines how governor Mario Cuomo and other Westway champions tried to short-circuit the regulatory process through two different strategic moves. While political investigations into the earlier Westway debacles proceeded, Westway's supporters remained in a remand process, which nevertheless risked the project's momentum—if not outright defeat—thus prompting Westway supporters to initiate two end-run gambits which resulted in a short-term advantage but quickly put Westway into further jeopardy. The first and most powerful of these strategic end runs was a federal legislative subterfuge reportedly instigated by Governor Cuomo himself. The second Cuomo strategic effort to sidestep judicial and regulatory hurdles to Westway involved circumventing the usual sequence for Army Corps of Engineers decision making.
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