1:25 pm Apr. 24, 2012
Governor Andrew Cuomo has not taken the subway since being elected to his current office.
"Um, the last time has been before I've been governor," said Cuomo, in response to a question about the last time he took the subway and what his experience was like. "Look, our subway service, our bus service is a tremendous asset for this city and the state. It works extraordinarily well. It's a great investment. It's one that we want to continue and grow. We can always make it safer. We can always make it faster. We can always make it cleaner. But it's a great service."
(A spokesman tells me he took the subway during his gubernatorial campaign.)
The governor, who was speaking at a press conference highlighting the state's more stringent laws against texting while driving, was also asked about a new congestion-pricing plan that former traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz has been shopping around.
"I have not seen it," he said. "We've talked about congestion pricing for many years. We've tried to pass it in the past. It hasn't passed. I don't know that anything has happened to change that dynamic. I just don't know that you have the political support to pass it."
Cuomo, as the Times' Michael Grynbaum noted, is a "car guy."
From that article:
A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, Josh Vlasto, says that the governor is well aware of mass transit’s importance to cities, commuters and the state economy, and that he rode the rails as a young man, while working at the Manhattan district attorney’s office and at a nonprofit organization he founded.
Transportation, Mr. Vlasto says, is now near the top of the governor’s agenda, and Mr. Cuomo can draw from his experience in Washington as secretary of housing and urban development, where he confronted other big-city issues.
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