In a letter to MTA Chair Joe Lhota, State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos writes that he’s withholding approval for $770 million in MTA capital funding and a hike in the agency’s borrowing limit because “a staggering $42 billion bonding debt level is of great concern.” (Hat tip to Dana Rubinstein at Capital New York.) […]
With subway service failing spectacularly on an almost daily basis, the MTA is in desperate need of firm, straightforward leadership. Instead, Governor Cuomo is giving riders an outlandish song-and-dance about why all the transit system's problems up until this point are not his fault.
The MTA — the agency elected officials usually try to distance themselves from as much as possible — has lately been serving as the model for effective post-Sandy recovery. And in a welcome turn, Governor Andrew Cuomo himself has taken center stage when all eyes are on the MTA’s performance. There are even real-time MTA service status […]
The governor of New York pretending that he does not control the MTA is troubling and bizarre. By denying responsibility for his transit system, Cuomo is perpetuating a charade that has real consequences for New Yorkers.
Yesterday on WCNY’s “Capitol Pressroom,” Susan Arbetter hosted Governor Andrew Cuomo for a discussion of the MTA capital program. Lately, the governor has been pushing City Hall to fund a greater share of the authority’s investment plan. Arbetter, pressing the governor, asked a simple question: “Isn’t the MTA a state entity?” “It’s not, actually,” Cuomo replied. “It [covers] a metropolitan downstate […]
Don't count on MTA interim chief Veronique "Ronnie" Hakim to inject a sense of urgency into the task of turning around the agency's sputtering bus system. In testimony to state legislators this afternoon, Hakim repeated the same excuses the MTA has given for months to justify stonewalling on fare technology that promises to speed up bus trips.