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Senate Delays Vote on MTA Rescue Plan

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The state Senate was slated to vote on an MTA rescue plan today, but now it won't happen until next week. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: Lawmakers made two minor amendments on Tuesday, necessitating the delay. The state constitution requires any bill rest on lawmakers' desks for three session days before a vote.

The new schedule will give Senate leaders more time to secure enough votes for passage, which they currently don't have. The main holdout is Brian Foley, a Long Island Democrat who defeated a Republican incumbent last November. His chief of staff, Jim LaCarrubba, says Foley opposes the bill because it raises taxes on employers.

Census data suggest he doesn't have a much reason to support the MTA: just six percent of workers in his district commute by mass transit. Without a rescue plan, fares will increase approximately 25 percent May 31st. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.

REPORTER: The MTA board will discuss additional fare hikes and service cuts they may need to take at a meeting this morning.

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