Gov. Cuomo announced a state of emergency Thursday morning, on top of earmarking an additional $1 billion to fix the beleaguered MTA system.
“The state has stepped up to the plate but it’s still not enough,” Cuomo said at the kickoff to the MTA’s Genius Transit Challenge at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Cuomo’s comment was a direct shot at Mayor de Blasio in their ongoing feud over who controls the troubled MTA.
Last week, the mayor put the blame for the subway problems squarely on Cuomo, who fired back saying the city should contribute more cash to the state’s capital and operating budgets.
Cuomo’s executive order calling for a state of emergency – which follows Tuesday’s A train derailment in Harlem that left dozens injured — cuts through red tape that makes it difficult for contractors to fix the problem, he said.
The $1 billion will be added to the MTA’s capital plan to help it make repairs to its ageing infrastructure – which Cuomo likened to a “heart attack.”
The governor also threatened to heavily fine Con Edison, which is overseen by the state-run Public Service Commission, if the utility was found to blame for the ongoing problems.
“The power failures that have been going on, that have been sporadic and unpredictable, are becoming more and more frequent,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo — who’s been on the receiving end of complaints from frustrated straphangers who’ve faced endless delays in recent weeks — also blasted the MTA’s antiquated communications system.
The MTA, PSC and Con Ed have 90 days to conduct a review to find out which agency is responsible for the recent service outages. NY POST