New York MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio—bitter political enemies since at least 2013, when Democrat De Blasio trounced Republican Lhota 73.2% to 24.3% in the mayoral election—have been battling publicly over the City’s share of funding for New York’s subway system, which is in need of major capital investment.
If Lhota and De Blasio can’t or won’t work with each other—a subject the City’s tabloid dailies, the Post and the Daily News, have been feasting upon—perhaps their deputies—MTA President Pat Foye and New York City First Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan—can?
New York State’s government is currently hammering out its FY2019 budget, due on April 1. There are several proposed measures “that would provide short and long-term funding to the MTA, which is currently under a state of emergency as a result of decades of disinvestment and disrepair,” Foye points out in a letter…
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