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7 line extension may get 41st Street stop

The city's offer Thursday to partially fund a sought-after 10th Avenue station on the No. 7 subway line fueled a political squabble of who should pay the rest of the bill.

Outgoing Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff told a state assembly oversight committee Thursday that the city is willing to foot $225 million - or half the cost - for a shell of a station on 10th Avenue and 41st Street. The station would be part of a $2.1 billion city-funded expansion of the No. 7 line, which currently includes only one stop at the Javits Center.

Later in the day, the mayor's office called on lawmakers in Washington and Albany to give the Metropolitan Transportation Authority the rest of the funding.

Meanwhile, elected officials and advocates sent the deputy mayor a letter, saying the city should fully fund the 10th Avenue Station.

"The whole genesis of the 7 project was the city's desire to develop the west side of Manhattan," said Gene Russianoff, Straphangers Campaign staff attorney who signed the letter. "It's their project. It should be their money."

Elected officials, Hell's Kitchen residents and advocates have decried the one-stop expansion as incomplete and demanded the city include a 10th Avenue station in its plan.

MTA head Elliot Sander told the oversight committee that it would cost about $700 million to fully build the station, some $450 million alone for the shell.

Doctoroff has said the Javits Center stop at 11th Avenue and 34th Street, set to be completed in 2013, is crucial to the development of the Hudson Yards. However, he said the area around 41st Street and 10th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen already is developing without a subway.

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