Together, our collective voices forced the
Governor and the State Senate to act. After months of messages,
petitions, and pressure on elected officials in
, we stopped
the MTA's "doomsday" plan, hiking fares and cutting services. We
should all breathe a sigh of relief. We spoke up, and they had to
listen. Itís called the power of your vote. Our local media also
deserve kudos for highlighting the issue.
to your efforts, millions of New Yorkers have been saved from the
25-70% fare hikes, elimination of dozens of bus and subway lines,
and steep cuts in service everywhere. Thousands of messages to our
elected officials, regarding these issues, forced them to listen
to our concerns.
had to finally agree on an alternative MTA funding plan that will
provide the MTA with billions in badly needed revenue, while
putting in place some essential reforms.
compromises, the plan that passed in
is not perfect. Transit fares will still increase,
unfortunately, but they will be nowhere near the massive hikes
originally proposed. Moreover, the deal only begins to
address the need for long-term repairs, improvements and
expansions to our subway, bus, and train systems. Our fight for an
affordable, reliable mass transit system must continue. Donít let
them derail us!
But today, we should take a moment to
celebrate, because we achieved real results for millions of New
Yorkers. We will continue to fight for the fundamental issues that
matter most to middle and working-class New Yorkers, including
dependable transit, affordable housing, quality health care, improved education, better
jobs and living wages, and making New York a better place to live