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Governor Cuomo says the 4-5 train could be running under the East River soon. At a news briefing on Friday morning, Cuomo said: "We spoke with Kevin Burke in Con-Ed this morning, he's been making good progress especially in downtown Manhattan, he believes the power is going to be back on in what's called the Joralemon tunnel, which will facilitate the MTA bringing power back into the subway system in that area."
On Thursday, MTA Chief Joe Lhota said once power was on, subways could run on the F and 4/5 lines within two hours.
On Friday, Cuomo said he expects an announcement this afternoon.
"If Con-Ed is correct and they re-power downtown Manhattan, and if the Joralemon tunnel is correct you'll see more trains coming on line and we'll have that announcement later today as we see exactly the effect of the re-powering," Cuomo said.
An hour later, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he'd hoped mass transit would be close to normal "soon."