New York officials pledge less sweltering subway cars this summer

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The program will pay for a surge of workers to repair the air conditioning in time for summer on the fleet of roughly 6,000 subway cars rolling through New York City, said Joseph Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

Master controllers, used by motormen to drive New York City subway trains, are seen atop a desk inside the 207th Street Overhaul Shop where subway cars are refurbished, in Manhattan, New York, U.S.,

The plan is for systemwide repairs of signals and tracks, as well as the cars themselves at two huge repair shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn, which will operate around the clock. The MTA will increase the number of unionized workers at the shops to 1,400 from 900, Lhota said.

Last year’s “summer of hell,” as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dubbed it, was caused by track repairs on commuter rail lines at New York’s Pennsylvania…

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Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York

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Washington Blade

New York is the place I was born, went to school, and had my first job teaching elementary school in Harlem. I first met Andrew Cuomo when he was 19 years old and we both worked for his dad’s run-off campaign against Ed Koch for mayor of New York. He has come a very long way since then.

In the intervening years, no one can question the successes he has had both in his own career or his many accomplishments for the people of the State of New York and the nation. The son of a highly respected three-term governor he always had to work doubly hard to prove his own merit. By the time Andrew Cuomo won his first term as governor in 2010 he had a wealth of experience enabling him to hit the ground running and successfully turn around the $10 billion deficit the state…

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In A Troubled Time For GE, A Fort Worth Locomotive Plant Gets Back On Trac

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In February 2017, several newspapers in north Texas carried the story that 250 workers were being laid off from a General Electric facility in Fort Worth that makes locomotives. Now, that same plant has plans to bring back nearly double that workforce by the end of the summer.

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