The apple (Gov. Kathy Hochul) didn’t fall far from the tree (former Gov. Andrew Cuomo). Both enjoy the perks of office at taxpayers’ expense. Is it really necessary for Gov. Hochul to travel from Albany via helicopter or airplane to events in NYC and Long Island?
Upon arriving at Penn Station, the governor can transfer to either a NYC Transit subway or a Long Island Rail Road train to reach her final destination. Just like ordinary New Yorkers who travel with a labtop or other communication devices, she can still be working and staying in touch with her office while riding Amtrak, NYC Transit subway or the LIRR.
As senator, President Joe Biden was known as Amtrak Joe. He commuted from his Delaware home to the Capital via Amtrak on a regular basis for decades. Why can’t Hochul emulate Biden? Forget the helicopter and private airplane trips between Albany and NYC. Set an example for others.
Show your support for transit just like Biden and become Amtrak Kathy.
(Larry Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.