Transit Advocate: Cuomo Must Step Up, Help MTA Financially

Are we really surprised when Cuomo comes out and openly says he wants to defund education and keep affordable housing in limbo–blocking nearly all of De Blasio’s attempts at solving alot of the state’s most dire problems–in education, transportation, housing, and teacher reforms…I’m not!

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Transit advocate Gene Russianoff showed up at a Metropolitan Transportation Authority meeting Wednesday carrying what appeared to be an oversized MetroCard. But instead, it read “Cuomo Card.”

If the MTA is going to get the money it needs to improve the system, Gov. Andrew Cuomo must stand up for riders, Russianoff said.

“We’re calling him out,” Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign, told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

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Cuomo has called the cash-strapped agency’s $32 billion capital plan bloated.

“One day he’s in the hip boots taking pictures, and the next day he’s attacking their budget,” Russianoff said. “And I don’t think he can have it both ways.

“We think that what the riders of the subways and buses need is a champion to stand up for their interests,” he added.

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