Monthly Archives: June 2019

Watchdog Statement on Nomination of Robert Mujica to MTA Board

Statement on Nomination of Budget Director Rob Mujica to MTA Board Rob Mujica is a smart, capable budget director, but he’s not a reasonable candidate for the MTA Board. Mujica is not a resident of the MTA area, as a long-standing law requires. He already serves on 28 public authority boards other than MTA. Plus, […]

Groups call for Open MTA Reorganization Process

New York League of Conservation Voters / Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA / Pratt Center for Community Development / Tri-State Transportation Campaign / TransitCenter / Regional Plan Association / Reinvent Albany / Riders Alliance / Straphangers Campaign / StreetsPAC Advocates call for an MTA reorganization plan that puts riders first With the deadline […]

The MTA is Fiscally Exhausted

Op-Ed as Originally Published in Gotham Gazette By Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst with John Kaehny, Executive Director We call it the distraction circus. Donald Trump’s advisor, Steve Bannon, called it “flooding the zone with sh*t” to befuddle the news media and critics. Whatever you call it, the endless kerfuffle Governor Cuomo is stirring around […]

Watchdog Calls on Governor, Legislative Leaders to Keep MTA Residency Requirements

For Immediate Release Watchdog Asks Governor, Legislative Leaders to Keep MTA Board Residency Requirements Current Law Ensures Appointees Have Firsthand Experience of MTA Services and Dedicated Taxes Changes to Law Must be Considered through Regular Legislative Process Reinvent Albany today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, Senate Temporary President Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl […]

Statement on June 4, 2019 comments by Governor Cuomo on MTA Finances

“Despite the passage of congestion pricing, today’s comments from Governor Cuomo and his office raise extremely serious concerns about the MTA’s finances. The MTA has already borrowed a huge amount of money and debt payments are soaring into the red zone. That means riders have to pay more just to repay old debt. Here’s why […]