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Cuomo reassures skeptics about L train plan

January 04, 2019 - 2:27 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (1010 WINS/AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking to reassure skeptics about his surprise plan to repair a key subway tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn without a long-dreaded 15-month shutdown.

The Democrat spoke to reporters about his proposal Friday, a day after announcing the L-train shutdown wasn't necessary.

"It was brought to my attention at an increading decibel level -- I had no previous engagement with the plan," he said.

Cuomo said he was confonted by an irate man in Brooklyn during the closing days of the 2018 campaign who grabbed his jacket and told him that he should look into the L train, and that's why he got involved.
He urged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to quickly vote on his plan, which would allow trains to run during repairs. 
Cuomo says similar approaches have worked in Europe and Asia.
News of an April shutdown had prompted some Brooklynites to change jobs or move. Transit officials had said the closure was needed to repair damage from 2012's Superstorm Sandy.
Cuomo says he directed engineers to take another look after a Brooklyn man confronted him about the aggravation of the shutdown.