Nixon, work­ing on the rail­road, ham­mers gov for sub­way woes

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS and GLENN BLAIN

CYN­THIA NIXON put Gov. Cuomo’s han­dling of the sub­way sys­tem up in lights Thurs­day morn­ing.

Stand­ing in front of a lighted sign that said “#Cuo­mosMTA,” Nixon greeted rush hour com­muters on a packed up­town L train plat­form in Wil­liams­burg, Brook­lyn, and at­tacked the gov­er­nor’s han­dling of the tran­sit sys­tem.

“I’m run­ning for gov­er­nor, and I will fix the sub­way,” Nixon said on the plat­form.

“The L train is might­ily de­layed again as it is al­most ev­ery day,” Nixon said.

“We have the worst on-time record of any ma­jor tran­sit sys­tem in the world,” she con­tin­ued. “De­lays have tripled over the last five years. Sub­way speeds are slower than they were in 1950.”

Nixon, the for­mer “Sex and the City” star, has made the poor state of the MTA a fo­cal point of her campaign against Cuomo for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion for gov­er­nor.

“New York State needs a gov­er­nor who is re­ally go­ing to pri­or­i­tize fix­ing the trains,” Nixon said.

“If there is one is­sue peo­ple come up to me (and talk about) when I’m on the street, it is about how mad they are, how frus­trated and how it’s wreck­ing their lives,” she con­tin­ued. “It’s mak­ing them late to work, it’s mak­ing them late to school.”

Nixon said the MTA has lost tran­sit work­ers be­cause of Cuomo’s “mis­man­age­ment” of the sys­tem, which af­fects things like sig­nal re­pairs.

“Cuomo has let costs bal­loon out of con­trol, and we just have less peo­ple to do in­spec­tions of cars and do in­spec­tions of sig­nals,” she said.

A Cuomo campaign spokes­woman pushed back against Nixon’s claims and took a swipe at Mayor de Bla­sio over his ini­tial re­fusal to fund an emer­gency sub­way re­pair plan cre­ated last year by MTA boss Joe Lhota.

“Ac­tors are trained to make fic­tion sound be­liev­able and this morn­ing’s per­for­mance was more of the same,” spokes­woman Lis Smith said. “We share Ms. Nixon’s frus­tra­tion with the de­lay of much needed sub­way re­pairs — she should call her friend the mayor and ask why he re­fused to fully fund the sub­way ac­tion plan for nearly a year.”

Nixon shook hands and shared com­muters’ frus­tra­tions for about an hour.

One strap­hanger, Katie Pawluk, 41, of Wil­liams­burg, stopped with her 5-year-old twins and 9-year-old son to talk with Nixon about her daily school-bound com­mute to the East Vil­lage:

“I take the train from this sta­tion ev­ery morn­ing and it’s like this ev­ery sin­gle morn­ing,” she said, not­ing that her tiny twins are “al­ways get­ting pushed out of the way.”

“It’s a nightmare,” Nixon said, nod­ding. “I try and take it af­ter I drop (my son) Max off, and I of­ten have to let three of them pass be­fore I can get on.”

“We’ve got to in­vest in our trains,” she added. “We’ve got to make them work.”

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