Anyone who regularly travels in and out of New York’s Penn Station can tell you about the daily horror stories getting in and out and recently the situation has become unacceptable. How bad has it become? We now have New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who fancies himself a 2020 presidential candidate, asking the president to help bail him out of the current mess.
Gov. Cuomo called on President Trump Sunday to provide emergency funding to remedy the “intolerable” situation at Penn Station that will soon create “a summer of agony.”
The plea came after executives from Amtrak, which has operational control over the Midtown rail hub, announced earlier this month they would shut down train tracks for about six weeks in July and August to repair long-neglected infrastructure.
That means the 600,000 passengers who pass through the station each day will face a nightmarish 20% reduction in service during peak hours, Cuomo said.
“Amtrak’s need to cut service this summer has created both a short-term crisis and dramatically exposed the system’s chronic problems,” Cuomo wrote in a letter to Trump.
Well, that’s nice. But just this past week, Cuomo said he’d be leading the so-called “resistance” to Trump.
Speaking before a raucous union crowd on Friday in Manhattan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged New York will “lead the resistance and opposition” against Republican-backed policies in Washington.
But the governor — who teasingly sidestepped chants that he run for president — did not mention President Donald Trump’s name, choosing instead to lambaste Republicans in Congress for efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and end state and local deductions on the federal income tax.
Repeatedly in the speech, Cuomo referred to a “they” in Washington that wants to weaken unions and the middle class.
“New York is going to lead the resistance and opposition against what they’re doing in Washington, D.C.,” Cuomo said.
So, are you leading the “resistance” while begging for money? That’s not how this works, Andy.