They’re both members of the Democratic Party, but lately, the relationship is getting heated between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo.
On June 29, Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency over the floundering Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), announcing an additional $1 billion earmarked to repair and modernize the transit system.
Cuomo blamed de Blasio, saying, “I’ve asked local government to contribute more, and thus far they haven’t.”
The emergency declaration followed a train derailment incident in Harlem that left dozens injured.
In a statement released by Mayor de Blasio’s office on Monday, de Blasio’s administration placed the blame squarely back on Gov. Cuomo and the MTA, saying, “The City looks forward to a comprehensive plan to improve the operations of the subways and address this emergency.”
“Riders have every right to be frustrated. Over the last five years, subway delays have more than doubled, from around 28,000 per month in 2012 to more than 70,000 per month today. Only 63 percent of trains are now running ‘on-time,’ a drop of more than 15 percent since 2012, meaning longer waits and less-reliable travel times.”
Slamming the MTA, de Blasio’s office stated, “The MTA, which has among the highest operating and capital construction costs of any major transit agency in the world, should be rigorous in making its operations and capital project delivery as efficient and cost effective as possible before sending yet another bill to the hard-working taxpayers and riders of New York City. ”
“It’s time for the MTA to level with its New York City riders,” de Blasio’s statement concluded.
MTA chief Joseph Lhota shot back, “[T]he mayor has continually taken the position that the New York City subway system is not his problem. What we need right now is for leaders to step up and work together, not hastily thrown together press releases drafted to score cheap political points – New Yorkers deserve better.”
Both Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio faced massive criticism for not making an appearance after the disastrous derailment recently.
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