"My fellow Americans, the state of our Brooklyn Queens Expressway is strong. [Standing ovation] Who am I kidding? It's f*cked. [Shocked silence] Perhaps not as badly off as it was last year--by short term measures, that is: The repairs on the viaduct over the Gowanus are dormant for the moment. The potholes in the stretch through Greenpoint are filled. But let's face it, our beloved BQE needs work, serious work, costly work. A replacement for the Kosciuszko Bridge, wider lanes, safer on-ramps, structural repairs of all kinds. Like generations before us, we could bite the bullet, spend the money, endure the delays and rerouting. Or we could kick the can down the road, down the expressway. Whatever..."