State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal will host a “community conversation” with Andy Byford, the president of New York City Transit, this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Rutgers Presbyterian Church. The talk is cosponsored by the Riders Alliance and the Straphangers Campaign. You can RSVP by calling 212-873-6368.
Governor Cuomo controls the MTA, and state legislators have conducted little oversight of the public agency, even though it spends billions of public dollars and has enormous impacts on the daily lives of New Yorkers. Rosenthal has been speaking out more lately, however, as has Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell. Both criticized the MTA’s plan to renovate three subway stations on the B-C line on the Upper West Side without making them more accessible to people with disabilities, for instance. Rosenthal has also led the charge to halt the MTA’s cuts to M104 service, and O’Donnell has sponsored a bill to tax millionaires to help pay for subway capital expenses.
One important question: Will this kind of interaction lead to more oversight and engagement?