New York Daily News
Pols to gov: $7B for transit NOW
SHOW THE MTA the money!
A bipartisan group of Assembly members wants Gov. Cuomo to immediately kick in his promised $7.3 billion to the MTA’s $29 billion capital program after his budget only contained a promise of money down the line.
The Friday letter from 36 lawmakers led by Assemblyman Jim Brennan (D-Brooklyn, inset) asks Cuomo to “make good on your promise” with a $7.3 billion contribution spread out over four years, “or provide a mechanism for the MTA to generate the necessary funds.”
Under a deal between Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will get a total $10.8 billion from the state and city once the transit agency burns through its own financial resourc- es.
Cuomo already put $1 billion of the state’s planned $8.3 billion contribution towards the MTA capital plan.
“There is no additional new appropriation in the budget because the MTA does not need it now,” Cuomo spokeswoman Beth DeFalco said. She added that the funds will be available when the MTA needs