Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
WFP to MTA: W.T.F.?
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
That's the theme of a new poster the Working Families Party is distributing, part of a campaign that targets state senators who aren't getting behind the MTA bailout package. The Working Families Party was a major part of the Democratic takeover of the State Senate last November, and as one politico put it 'no one wants a primary.' Governor Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have gotten behind a plan to raise tolls and impose a payroll tax to bailout the MTA, but so far State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith has been unwilling -- or unable, or both -- to rally his conference. Some transit activists have been wondering aloud why the WFP hasn't yet gotten involved, but their current activity is getting a warm embrace...and some transit activists even see it as their last best hope for an end to the logjam.