FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2018
New York, New York - With MetroCard readers crashing, subway ceilings literally collapsing and signal repairs deferred another five years at the earliest, U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today pledged to target infrastructure funding if elected in November.
“Today’s MetroCard outage and last week’s ceiling collapse are emblematic of the larger challenges facing the MTA as it embarks on addressing an estimated $19 billion in repairs,” said Farley.
Farley has made New York’s current $48 billion balance-of-payments deficit with the federal government the centerpiece of her campaign and has pledged to bring more dollars back to New York.
In addition, the $30 billion Gateway Tunnel, one of our nation’s and state’s most critical infrastructure projects, remains unfunded. While the Summer of Hell 2018 will impact hundreds of thousands of commuters, the condition of our two 100-year-old Hudson tunnels damaged by Superstorm Sandy is even more daunting. The Gateway Project would include a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, adding redundancy in the likely event of a track closure on the North River tunnels.
“Just one year of New York’s overpayments to Washington, DC would fund our entire metro-area mass-transit infrastructure needs,” said Farley. “We will never get it all back at once, but we can reverse the trend and send billions back to our state, saving taxpayers money, speeding repairs and improving our critical transit system for subway riders and commuters.”
Chele Farley is an outsider with over 25 years of experience in the private sector. She is the endorsed 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.