Cuomo's con job
Jul 26, 2017 | 803 views | 1 1 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the MTA's salvation by naming Joe Lhota as chairman and designated savior. Lhota got the MTA back on track after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when running our mass transit system was his full-time job.

But that's not true today. His full-time job is executive director of NYU/Langone Medical Center. Maybe that explains why he's only taking $1 a year for his MTA post.

The MTA needs an executive director to run daily operations, a post it's been trying to fill since Tom Pendergast resigned five months ago.

Cuomo also misled us about available funds to overhaul the MTA. The Empire Center, a public interest group, says New York State has $5 billion in cash from legal settlements paid by big banks for fraud and money laundering.

But rather than allocate that money to the MTA, our governor is spending it on upstate projects, like a new bridge named after his late father.

Our Assembly and State Senate members must demand that he redirect those funds to the MTA. If not, his 2018 re-election hopes are zero, or the same value as a Metrocard.

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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Pedro Valdez Rivera
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July 29, 2017
But the Million Dollar Questions remains: Where is the money coming from and what kind of funding? If the state run MTA takes out more debt due to the political bickering between Mayor de Crony and Governor Crony, then fares and tolls will be going up exponentially in the not too distant future. As a skeptical voter, it worries me. I'll think that I'll not be voting for those clowns.