Passing the Buck
March 25th, 2009

Gov. David Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver just released statements addressing the MTA’s vote to increase fares and initiate service cuts.

Paterson’s statement is diplomatic. “I know my colleagues in the State Legislature are equally committed to preserving New Yorks critical public transportation system, and we will continue to work together until we reach a final agreement,” reads part of Paterson’s statement.

Silver’s statement basically dumps responsibility at the feet of Senate majority Leader Malcolm Smith.

“I will do everything in my power to ensure that todays vote by the MTA does not stand,” reads Silver’s statement. “The Assembly is prepared to reverse todays decision by the MTA and prevent massive fare hikes and service cuts from going into effect. I had hoped the Senate would support our plan. Todays vote should underscore to everyone in Albany that this crisis is real and that the failure to act would be an unmitigated disaster for millions of New Yorkers.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was in Albany today to lobby for education cuts to be restored, praised Silver and said, “it’s up to the Senate to do something.”

“The closed door discussions by the three New York City Democrats running state government have failed to produce an agreement on the MTA to prevent fare hikes, just as the closed door discussions on the state budget have failed to produce an agreement, with the deadline just a week away,’ said Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos in a statement.

By on March 25, 2009, 3:36 pm
In category: Albany,Eye on Albany,Transportation | 1 Comment »

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One Response to “Passing the Buck”

  1. Daniel Millstone Says:
    March 26th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    There are many capital-programs of the MTA which could be done without or done better and cheaper. To me the $64 question is whether we’ll be able to lay the stalemate at Mr. Bloomberg’s door. He, single-pocketedly, bankrolled the GOP effort to retain control of the NYS Senate. If there were one human on earth who could provide GOP votes for a stable source of mass transit funding (be it bridge tolls, income tax or motor vehicle fees) it is Mayor Mike. Why is he not making calls to his state Senatorial buddies?

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