City Council demands discounted MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers


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The City Council is taking matters into its own hands after Mayor de Blasio neglected to include funding for a reduced fare MetroCard program for low-income New Yorkers in the preliminary draft of the city’s fiscal year 2019 budget. This marks the second year in a rowDe Blasio has bucked the proposed program.

As a response, more than half of the City Council has signed a letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm affirming their support for Fair Fares. The discount fare program proposed by the Community Service Society and Riders Alliance would make working-age New York residents living at or below the poverty line of $24,339 for a family of four eligible to receive half-price MetroCards.

Mayor de Blasio maintains that all things relating to the MTA are the jurisdiction of the state. But that’s not sitting well with the council…

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