300 Sign Letter To Governor Cuomo Calling For Transit Solutions
August 31, 2011
Michael Murphy 646-873-6008
At a town hall meeting last month, hosted by Assembly Member Grace Meng, Asian Americans for Equality and Transportation Alternatives' Rider Rebellion campaign, Flushing residents identified the top five public transit problems facing their community and identified five solutions. Assembly Member James Brennan, chair of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions (which oversees the MTA), State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and City Council Member Peter Koo also attended the town hall. Since then, T.A.'s Rider Rebellion and Assembly Member Meng collected the signatures of 300 Flushing residents who want Governor Andrew Cuomo to work towards better public transit in their community.
"Hundreds of Flushing residents have made their voices heard and are calling on Governor Cuomo to lead Albany in living up to its obligation to provide affordable and reliable public transit," said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "The Capitol's transit budget raids have hit Flushing hard, and what's happening there is a snapshot of what's happening all over the city. The future looks bleak for transit riders and New York's way of life unless our elected officials demonstrate serious leadership and provide sustainable funding for the system."
The letter from riders to Governor Cuomo states:
"Your constituents have spoken. Public transit is not only critically important to the residents of Flushing; it is part of what makes New York City essential to the state's economy. As governor, it is imperative that you lead the charge for the necessary funding to make our transit system great again."
Transportation Alternatives' Rider Rebellion Campaign is uniting transit riders in support of affordable fares, better service and the end of service cuts. The Rebellion is an action-oriented campaign that pressures state and city elected officials to stand up for riders and provide stable, long term funding for subways and buses.
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