FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2018
New York, New York -- U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today cited a recent study as further evidence that her plan to invest a portion of New York's $48 billion in annual tax overpayments into mass transit would boost jobs and reduce delays for the six million New Yorkers who ride the subway each day.
Nicole Gelinas, an analyst with the Manhattan Institute think tank, argues in the study that mass transit capacity is not keeping pace with job growth in New York City, threatening workforce participation among those transit-reliant, lower-income commuters living in the outer boroughs for whom reliable subway service is essential. According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the on-time rate for weekday trains is approximately 66 percent, down from about 85 percent in 2012. The MTA's New York City Transit Authority estimates that a long-term fix for the subway crisis could cost $19 billion.
"Washington, DC insiders are raiding our taxpayers for $48 billion every year to pay for pet projects in other states while career politicians like Kirsten Gillibrand stand by and do nothing," said Farley. "My plan to recover the money owed us by Washington could cover the expected costs to fix the chronically delayed and underfunded subway system in just one year. Where Kirsten Gillibrand has failed to try, I'll put New York first again."Each year New York state sends $48 billion more to the federal government than it receives in federal funding, according to the state comptroller's office. The MTA's subway overhaul would include speeding the repair of track signals along five of the busiest subway lines by opening up the procurement process to more suppliers.
Said Farley: "New Yorkers want a vacation from their endless Summer of Hell. If Kirsten Gillibrand were serious about fixing the subway, she would have already secured the necessary funding. Instead of working for us Gillibrand is running for President. Subway riders have once again been left hanging by Kirsten Gillibrand, but change is on track for New York this November."Chele Farley is an outsider with over 25 years of experience in the private sector. She is the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for U.S. Senate. Farley lives in New York City with her husband Richard and their three sons. For more information about U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley, please visit www.CheleFarleyforSenate.com.