Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Orange County exec asks state for full MTA Board vote

GOSHEN – Orange, Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland counties are known as quarter-pounders because each has only one-quarter vote on the MTA Board.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said on Wednesday that since Governor Cuomo has indicated he wants to take an active role in the administrative structure of the MTA, “now is the right time for all four counties to be given a full vote on the MTA Board.”

Neuhaus said Orange County “needs a more prominent voice about MTA policies and issues, which have a direct impact on our residents.”

Previous attempts to grant quarter-pounders each a full vote never made it through the state legislature.

The Mid-Hudson counties are served by the Metro-North Railroad, but the MTA also consists of New York City buses, subways, bridges and tunnels as well as the Long Island Railroad, with the majority of board members appointed from the metropolitan area.

 


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