Cuomo Wants More Control of MTA

As subway delays continue to pile up in recent weeks, Governor Andrew Cuomo is moving to take more control of the MTA.

“The MTA is in a state of crisis.  Historic underfunding leaves it with obsolete equipment going back to the 1940s.  The bureaucracy is dysfunctional,” Cuomo said in a statement.

On Tuesday the governor announced legislation that would give the state majority control of the agency, which he believes would allow him to address the problems.  The plan calls for two additional state seats on the MTA board that would give the state the majority of the appointees.

There is currently no voting majority on the board, with the state having 6 of the 14 seats.

“The simple fact is if no one has the responsibility and the authority, fundamental, rapid change of any culture or system is impossible,” Cuomo said.

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