“It’s also true that the current state of decline is wholly unacceptable. And we’re going to do something and we’re going to do something about it now,” Cuomo said. He asked for urgent reviews of the agency’s management and infrastructure. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota was asked o come up with a reorganization plan in 30 days and an equipment review in 60 days. Power failures will be also investigated.
Governor said the state of emergency declaration will help cut red tape and speed up improvements. Before this decision, in the last weeks, the city’s subways and commuter trains have been plagued by rising delays and unreliable service. Dozens people were even injured in a subway derailment. Gov. Cuomo unveiled a $1 billion bailout for the broken Metropolitan Transportation Authority but until at least next year. E.J. McMahon, founder and research director of the independent Empire Center for Public Policy and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Westchester) suggested giving mass transit and infrastructure projects a portion of the $5 billion in funds collected from state settlements with the financial sector but Cuomo dismissed that idea.