New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio rode the R train to City Hall from Brooklyn last month as part of an effort to raise awareness about the lack of funding for transportation and infrastructure, and his experience was less-than-stellar.
NY Times reports:
The email, blunt and to the point, popped into City Hall aides’ inboxes at 12:17 p.m., and the subject line said it all: “2 problems today.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio, it seemed, was not pleased.
In a stern, bullet-pointed missive on Monday, the mayor described a star-crossed attempt at riding the subway to a speaking engagement in Midtown Manhattan. A train never came — and when the mayor resurfaced, his security vehicles were nowhere in sight.
“The detail drove away when we went into the subway rather than waiting to confirm we got on a train,” Mr. de Blasio wrote in the email, addressed to Deputy Inspector Howard Redmond, the head of his Police Department security detail. “We need a better system.”
Mr. de Blasio, who has been making a concerted effort to repair his reputation for tardiness, copied two senior aides on the email, including his chief of staff. The mayor, by accident, added another recipient as well: a reporter for The New York Times.
The city said on Monday that it would devote $125 million annually to help maintain the region’s mass transit network, a 25 percent increase from recent years. The city said that matched the transportation authority’s request. However, the agency’s chairman, Thomas F. Prendergast, sent a letter on Monday to the first deputy mayor, Anthony E. Shorris, asking the city to increase its yearly contribution to $300 million, and pay an additional $1 billion for the construction of the Second Avenue subway line.
Hopefully this means some positive changes will come soon!