State senators want to withhold Penn Station funds over delays
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 6:14
Over the weekend, the Governor's office released a letter, from Cuomo to Trump, requesting emergency funds to carry out short-term repairs at Penn Station.
The Trump administration was not immediately available for comment. However, when you have over 600,000 passengers using the station every day, that could mean major delays elsewhere.
Legislation in the Senate would direct the Long Island Rail Road and Metropolitan Transportation Authority to cease regular payments for Penn Station for the rest of the year until 95 percent of the trains using the station are on time.
He wrote a letter to President Donald Trump asking for the federal government to recognize the conditions at Penn Station as an emergency.
Cuomo put out a letter to the Republican Trump that included a reference to his NY roots, telling him, "As a New Yorker, I think you know the severity of the situation".
"While this is not a hurricane or flood it will affect as many people and businesses with dire consequences", Cuomo wrote. Cuomo also chose to mention the MTA's troubles, just for good measure.
Cuomo said the track-work would lead to a "20 percent reduction" in service during the station's "peak hours", causing headaches for the NY metropolitan area's 600,000 daily commuters. "We will see increased delays at surrounding regional transit systems, and our infrastructure will be stretched to its limits". "I have referred to the station as reminding me of the Catacombs-claustrophobic, threatening, and crumbling", Cuomo said.
Christie said he is "really angry" at the reduction in service, but also doesn't want more derailments and delays the repairs are supposed to prevent.
Cuomo said expedited repairs to Penn Station and money for the Gateway Tunnel, which will replace the aging tubes between NY and New Jersey, should be at the top of Trump's infrastructure plans.
"We could build a state-of-the-art, secure, world-class transportation hub".
A bipartisan coalition of local members of Congress have issued a statement in support of the Governor.
Since his election in 2011, Cuomo has presided over the long-delayed opening of New York's Second Avenue subway, a renovation of LaGuardia Airport and replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River, among other projects. Like a natural disaster, we didn't create it but our public offices require we address it. This situation affects the entire northeast region.
"Thank you for your consideration".