You can’t call Cynthia Nixon clueless. She is a native New Yorker and a genuine supporter of public transportation who uses it daily. Many of us know her better as “Miranda” from Sex and the City. 2UrbanGirls wasn’t surprised to see her former co-stars support her so we asked friend of 2UrbanGirls Kevin Powell, a noted author and New York resident, his thoughts on her declaring against the twice elected incumbent Andrew Cuomo.
Yes, I do support
@CynthiaNixon in her bid to become governor of New York State, where I have lived over half my life now. I met her years back, at an education event, and I immediately admired her commitment for life opportunities for all people, equally.
I also need to say
@CynthiaNixon has clearly put in the work for many years as an activist on the ground on issues that matter to all kinds of people in New York, in America.
Before Dwight Eisenhower became president he was a military man and president of a college. I can point to many examples of famous men who became politicians, elected officials. There is a clear double-standard when women decide to run for office. Run
We have got to be more intelligent than just to obsess over someone’s celebrity. I am listening closely to what
@CynthiaNixon is saying. Her politics are my politics: a world where people of all backgrounds will have an opportunity to have an opportunity. That is called vision.
Nixon’s biggest pet peeve? The unreliability of the city’s transit system which is the heartbeat of how residents travel around the five boroughs.
Here in Los Angeles, our transit system, too is failing. Despite declines in ridership, the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LACMTA) continues to expand and displace families in the process. A recent investigation by David Goldstein/CBS found that LACMTA is wasting taxpayers money on frivolous parties and pet projects and YET the board still hasn’t resolved issues surrounding the “last mile”. It keeps many people from using the bus/rail because once you deboard, you still have to figure out how to get to the “last mile” of your trip.
From Cynthia’s website:
IF THE SUBWAY DIES, SO DOES THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
Unlike Governor Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon rides the subway every day. She understands first-hand the toll that his disastrous mismanagement of the MTA is taking on everyday New Yorkers.
Every day, the subway gets more crowded and less reliable. Average train speeds are slower now than they were in the 1950s, and delays on the MTA have tripled in the last 5 years. Our subway now has the worst on-time performance of any major transit system in the world, with the Long Island Railroad plagued with serious delays as well.
Andrew Cuomo has been in office for eight years. He’s had eight years to address the growing transit crisis in our city. Instead, he’s used the MTA like an ATM, taking money out for his pet projects.
Governor Cuomo has been focused on making superficial, cosmetic changes rather than fixing the real problems. He has completely neglected the non-glamorous infrastructure work that actually keeps the subway functioning. His idea of modernizing the subway system was adding Wi-Fi and digital displays – not fixing the 1930s-era signal system or the hundred-year-old tunnels. Governor Cuomo even proposed spending hundreds of millions of dollars on an LED light show on the bridges to attract tourists, while below ground, native New Yorkers are trapped in packed, sweaty train cars.
Governor Cuomo has dealt with transportation like someone who visits New York, but doesn’t actually live here — who uses our bridges and airports to get in and out of the city, but doesn’t have to depend on the trains to get to work every day.
It’s time to give the MTA the money we were promised for repairs, and stop asking New York City or its riders — or Long Islanders who take the LIRR — to foot the bill to clean up Cuomo’s mess. As governor, Cynthia will immediately make the emergency rescue of our transit system a top priority of her administration.
Keep up with Cynthia’s campaign at CynthiaForNewYork.com