We take Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s demand for more management over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with loads of salt. But it’s nonetheless a dialogue price having.
On Monday, the gov claimed “the MTA was put together to avoid any liability for any elected official,” including that he received’t “assume responsibility without the authority.”
Like it or not, he has the duty. And numerous authority, when he chooses to claim it. But maybe he ought to have more.
Cuomo’s price range director, Robert Mujica, complains that the Legislature’s leaders and the metropolis’s mayor can veto the company’s capital plans. In the previous, that’s compelled the company to spend on white elephants like the downtown “transit hub.”
Team Cuomo additionally gripes that this association provides more energy to the MTA’s 32 unions. Maybe so — however when has this governor ever gotten powerful with a blue-collar union?
Mujica says the gov ought to management an outright majority of the MTA board. Fair sufficient: Even his critics admit he has efficient management, so one other couple of seats appear high quality. Give him “authority over hiring/firing and organizational authority”? Maybe, as soon as he says what meaning.
Thing is, Cuomo has been desperately attempting to dodge blame for the subways’ disaster. No shock, then, that he’s now arguing he wants more energy.
Yes, he’s displaying a sure management in pushing exhausting for a “congestion pricing” system to present the MTA new income, which it plainly wants. But the cash’s prone to vanish until the company sees reforms that the gov’s to this point solely hinting at.
As for Cuomo’s demand that the metropolis pay half of capital prices for metropolis transit: Perhaps. Yet even the state taxes that fund the subways are largely paid by NYC residents and companies. And if the metropolis has to fork over money, the mayor ought to preserve his veto energy over MTA capital spending, as Team Cuomo acknowledges.
While balking at the “pay half” rule, Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Cuomo “for saying he wants responsibility for the MTA.” Sounds like an inexpensive place to begin for a severe dialogue on reform.