NEW YORK – New York City’s subway service continued to be crippled by dozens of delays on Tuesday, over a year after the state governor declared a state of emergency in order to deal with the dilapidated state of the city’s underground rail system.
With over six million people using the subway every day, the state of disrepair of New York City’s rail transit system, one of the oldest in the world, has become a political tool ahead of the primaries next month.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is ultimately responsible for the subway’s condition and fate, is seeking reelection to a third term, but needs to convince New Yorkers that the measures he commissioned, which include $1 billion worth of funds released by the state of emergency, were having the desired effect, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.
His main opponent, fellow Democrat Cynthia Nixon, has seized on the perceived lack of progress despite the billion-dollar emergency investment, as she mounts a challenge to Cuomo’s leadership and what she sees as his failure at the helm of New York’s transit authority.
The activist and former “Sex and the City” actress has promised to fix the ailing service, accusing Cuomo of a lack of action “for eight years because it doesn’t affect him or his wealthy donors.”
Nixon has pledged to modernize the signaling system which causes multiple daily delays, to replace decades-old carriages and expand the fleet in order to relieve congestion.
She is hoping to capitalize on Cuomo’s inability to relieve New Yorkers’ daily subway grind and further dent his political capital, which has suffered after his recent faux-pax of questioning the greatness of America.
Cuomo, who has governed the overwhelmingly Democrat state for two terms, last week mocked Republican President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan, when he claimed that America was “never that great.”
His subsequent apology appears to have failed to repair the damage, with even staunch Democrats questioning the wisdom of those remarks.
New York state primary elections will be held on Sept. 13.