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A Bloomberg update on the MTA's, and by extension, the city's, transit situation:

Happening at the end of the day was a push from lawmakers seeking more public financing flexibility for the MTA as MTA and Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio seek a majority that can leapfrog key reforms.

The bill does not pass Otello's House by a wide margin, reenforcing a strong urban cultural progressive demeanor among other members of the State Senate and the Assembly. The vote was 57-11 in favor.

"Ten boroughs make up New York City," said committee chairman Jose Peralta of Queens. "We are a health care system. The doctor should be able to see you when you suspect or know you are sick."

At times, the lawmakers seemed awed by the financial and bureaucratic fiefdoms that dominate the MTA, a gig many carried out in their go-to-meetings dress shoes. But the staunch public oversight and compliance tune will have to change.

"As far as Metrogens goes, the MTA is extraordinary," said Senate President Jennifer McCann, R-Greenwich South Central, who chairs the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee. "We have 24 separate government agencies."

The legislators utilized the official submit form transacted in the public meeting to publish multiple amendments under the umbrella of a "royalty committee." One expanded the reimbursement for employees' parking, another allowed the MTA to amortize some of its debt through a cafeteria plan and four involving medical training programs or student enrollments. No action on any of those items was taken, an MTA spokesman said.

"It was easy," said MTA chairman Joe Lhota, making a fist. "The last time they tried that it went to hell. Don't even know if it will work." He said it kind of looked like a tennis ball with no snap.

Representative Donovan Richards, D-Central Islip waved his hands a bit to set up some a microphone stand as Democratic Assemblywoman Francine Tavares leveled at summary of method. Two days earlier, the women had given a short speech to the same assembly subcommittee on monetary policy. Each of the two lawmakers reported both short and long speeches that eventually ended with a pleasant stroll on the New York City transit system. At the very least, these
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