Fresh off a fruitless round of negotiating between mainline Democrats and the Independent Democratic Conference, Governor Cuomo took his leadering into the bowels of the subway and got a firsthand look at our crumbling infrastructure.
The governor wandered on the tracks at Columbus Circle in order to get a closer look at the subway's many rotting power lines that have fallen apart on uh...someone's watch.
While underground, Cuomo promised a new era of cooperation between the MTA and Con Ed, according to the Daily News. "We’re going to put the MTA together with Con Ed, go through the whole system, do it right, because it is everyone’s fault and no one’s fault," he told reporters.
Following the staredown of the no-good cables, Cuomo's office revealed that the New York State Public Service Commission was ordering Con Ed to "take significant and immediate actions to improve the subway's power reliability" and get it all done in one year.
Among the work Con Ed will be responsible for: place monitors in manholes that will alert them of any power malfunctions, install "smart meters" (more technologically advanced electricity trackers that can provide more up to date information than analog readers), and change aluminum conductors over to more reliable copper conductors.
"Upgrading the subway's power system is a good step in the right direction," the Straphangers Campaign's Jaqi Cohen told Gothamist, "but it is one of many steps, like replacing old subway cars and updating Depression-era signaling, needed to improve service systemwide."
According to a press release from the governor's office, Con Ed will be working 7 days a week until the task of modernizing the system is finished, and will face "penalties" if the whole thing isn't done in a year.
The MTA has blamed Con Ed power outages for multiple subway SNAFUs over the past few months, and the governor's press release claimed that power issues have caused a whopping 32,000 delays in the past year.
And while Cuomo has ventured onto the tracks like a common commuter, he still hasn't actually been on an actual train since the ceremonial 2nd Avenue Subway ride on New Year's Eve. But hey, there's only...two years (?) before work starts on the next chance for a ceremonial ride.