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New York Subway Failures Begin to Cost Cuomo Politically

  • Governor says city owns the subways, should pay more for them
  • Mayor says Cuomo should take responsibility for transit woes
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: A Metropolitan Transit Authority employee helps commuters transfer from Long Island railroad service to a New York City subway at the Barclays Center subway station on July 10, 2017 in New York City. Thousands of commuters throughout the New York area are preparing for long delays and the use of alternate forms of transportation as the number of trains into Manhattan is being drastically reduced for the summer track repair work in NY Penn Station.
Photographer: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Months of mass-transit breakdowns have done more than deepen the misery of New York City commuters. They’ve also begun to cost Governor Andrew Cuomo political capital.

Recent polls show Cuomo, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, with approval ratings near lows. A majority of New York voters disapprove of his leadership of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the city’s subways. Over the last five years, delays have more than doubled, to about 70,000 a month from 28,000, according to City Hall data.