MTA, JIM, Mark Molinaro discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
Two zero nine two eight seven seven. Yeah. Give us a call. Let us know. Your latest thoughts on on the MTA or or pit yourself for to be the next chair of the of the MTA is Joe lhota heads out the door. But on a more serious note on that subject, Dino, what do you the governor is talking a bit about structural change at the MTA? He's also talking little bit about not really running the MTA, and the MTA isn't isn't what you see before your eyes. We, you know, we're often hearing very different takes from the governor on what the MTA is. And how much he controls it? But in some breaths. He's talking about. About structural reform changes. Jim any sense of what that could look like? And what that would mean for new leadership. Well, at this moment in time, it really is just talk, and it's not clear precisely what it means. One thing that he could do that might help sort of lower the MTA's costs. According to people who understand these issues far better than me is, you know, renegotiate the Transport Workers Union contract when it comes up for Newell. I believe next year maybe the year after one of the, you know, labor costs comprise like an enormous portion of the the MTA's operating costs and those numbers are only growing, but as far as structural reform. You know, your guest gases as good as mine. Right. I mean, he he did very briefly a couple of sessions ago. I believe he proposed. You know, everybody was blaming him for the TA. He was saying I don't really control the MTA. But hey, you wanna do that? Okay. Give me the majority not just the plurality of appointments to the board, and he sort of through that proposal out there at the last minute. Of a legislative session, and it didn't go anywhere. And then he never brought it back up in this past session. If if my memory serves me correctly, so who knows maybe maybe he resurrects that idea. But again that doesn't doesn't necessarily get us at the costs and the revenue issues that were really talking about here that might be more of a management structure, and you know. Effectively affectively controls the MTA in it is an extreme rarity. If and maybe even something that has never happened during my time covering the MTA, it's an extreme rarity for the MTA board to not vote in accordance with his wishes and that of his board members. So you know, that seem to me more than anything just a PR play right in. And what you bring up though, this labor issue is obviously something that, you know, has come up in a lot of reporting, including, you know, the big series that the times did and something that was part of the discussion in the gubernatorial campaign, you know, Republican Mark Molinaro was talking about trying to get those costs controls down, and, you know, share some of the savings with the union and try to figure out ways to sort of do it together. He did not win in the TWU has been very supportive of the governor. So what you bring up there is a very outstanding question about whether there's really any appetite on the governor's part two to renegotiate that contract. Any any sort of way? But he's going to have to you know, this group. That's that's putting out the recommendations and the governor, and they're gonna have to figure out some some plans as you indicate right and soon by the end of the year. Let's take a couple of minutes for coming to the end of our time with Dana, everyone Stein of political New York, obviously big news, the past couple of weeks has been the announcement this Amazon deal, and there's been a transit lens on that..