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Cuomo: City Must Contribute To Subway System Overhaul

July 12, 2018 - 2:04 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Twice in four days this week, subway commuters dealt with delays caused by power outages.

That came as a battle has been brewing over who should pay to overhaul the subway system.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported, New York City Transit Authority President Andy Byford met with Mayor Bill de Blasio this week for the first time in nearly six months since taking the job.

He told the New York Times that he pushed the mayor for substantial contributions from the city over the next 10 years in his subway action plan.

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the city must pay the capital expense to fund the subway. But he said that is not happening.

“They have the full legal obligation. That's the law,” Cuomo said. “The state says we'll pay 50-50. I'm not going to raise fares, so the only option is the city and the state.”

A price tag for the Subway Action Plan has not been made official.