Gov. Cuomo vetoed bipartisan legislation that would have provided fare relief to commuters who have to take two buses and a train to reach their destination.
The measure, which overwhelmingly passed the state Legislature in June, would have allowed riders on some routes to get two free transfers instead of one within two hours.
MetroCards now allow one free transfer between a subway and a bus or between two buses during a two-hour period.
As part of their commute, most of these riders have to take two buses before reaching the subway and are paying two fares, said the bill’s sponsors, Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (D-Bronx) and Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn).
The MTA claims the second transfer would cost a bundle, Cuomo claims riders can buy an unlimited card and it's all good.
But not everybody can afford an unlimited card and as for the MTA's claims that the second transfer will cost them too much money, well there is this:
But Dinowitz says Cuomo and the MTA are leaving riders in the lurch — especially those who cannot afford the monthly outlay for an unlimited-ride card.
“The MTA is not known for putting out accurate numbers,” he said. “It’s just not fair for people who, through no fault of their own, have to take three rides and are in a two-fare zone.”
Meanwhile today Cuomo said he's not ready to stop taking money from the crooked real estate company at the center of the Silver and Skelos corruption trials.
The people who take busses and trains overwhelmingly voted to re-elect Andrew Cuomo last year. You get what you deserve.ReplyDelete
I bet there are some teachers or members of teacher's families that voted for Cuomo. Again, you get what you deserve.
Cuomo is a creep. He has always been a creep. He will always be a creep.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if by the time the next gubernatorial election rolls around that NYSUT endorses Cuomo. He will throw a few crumbs toward us and Andy Pallotta and his crew will tell us it is strategically/politically important to stay on Cuomo's good side.
Let's face it: NYSUT is a joke. NYSUT is a lost cause. We have no chance of effecting any real change within the organization. Our only hope is for SCOTUS to ban mandatory dues collection/agency shop fees. This will immediately start starving do-nothings like Pallotta and his ilk. They will have to start caring about us instead of taking us for granted and laughing while they collect big salaries and do nothing to improve our professional lives.
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