November 2, 2017
Albany, NY

No. 168.2: Continuing the Declaration of a Disaster of Emergency in the Five Boroughs of New York City and the Counties of Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester that Incorporate the MTA Region in the State of New York

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WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Or.der No. 168, a disaster has heretofore been declared in the five boroughs of New York City and the Counties of Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester that incorporate the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Region in the State of New York due to increasingly constant and continuing failures of the tracks, signals, switches and other transportation infrastructure throughout the system including at Pennsylvania Station located in the County of New York (Penn Station), that have resulted in various subway derailments, extensive track outages, and substantial service disruptions impacting the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of riders;

WHEREAS, the ongoing failures of the tracks, signals, switches and other transportation infrastructure throughout the MTA's rail and subway system continue to pose an irnrninent threat and have a vast and deleterious impact on the health, safety, and _livelihood of cornrnuters, tourists, resident New Yorkers, as well as business and cornrnerce in the Metropolitan Cornrnuter Transportation District (MCTD), which is the recognized economic engine of the State of New York, and.thereby have adversely affected the New York State economy;

WHEREAS, the track outages and service disruption necessary to implement the Amtrak Repair Program, and other repairs necessary to fix tracks, signals, switches and other transportation infrastructure throughout the MTA's rail and subway system continue· to be necessary to protect the public, health and safety of cornrnuters, tourists, resident New Yorkers, and will continue to worsen the transportation disaster emergency that currently exists due to the condition of Penn Station and the MTA's rail and subway system as a whole; and,

WHEREAS, it continues to be necessary for the MTA and its subsidiaries and affiliates to take significant and irnrnediate action to assist in the repair of the tracks, signals, switches and other transportation infrastructure ·and in the mediation of such track outages and service disruptions due to this disaster emergency;·

GIVEN under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this twenty­ fifth day of August in the year two thousand  seventeen.

 

BY THE GOVERNOR         

Secretary to the Governor

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