Cynthia Nixon holds rally in packed subway station during rush-hour delays
Delays on a crowded Brooklyn subway line couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the MTA — just as Cynthia Nixon was visiting during Thursday’s morning rush to attack Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s oversight of the transit agency.
“Gov. Cuomo has all but ignored this problem for the last eight years,” Nixon said from the Manhattan-bound platform of the Lorimer station in Williamsburg on the L line.
“The changes he has made have been largely cosmetic … but it has done nothing for making our trains run on time.”
The gubernatorial candidate and hundreds of fed-up commuters watched as several crowded L trains bypassed the overflowing station because of delays on the line.
“New York state needs a governor that is really going to prioritize fixing the trains,” she railed. “We have the worst system in the world. Delays have tripled. Subway speeds are the slowest since 1950. We need a governor that is going to prioritize this and is really going to invest in the system.”
The “Sex and the City” actress has made fixing the subways a central part of her platform and has attacked Cuomo — who oversees the MTA — for not doing enough.
She greeted and snapped selfies with commuters at the entrance of the Metropolitan station on the G line — with supporters holding “#CuomosMTA” signs — before walking to the Lorimer station.
Nixon also addressed rising MetroCard fares.
“I think that we should talk about fair fares,” she said. “We need to make this city livable for low-income New Yorkers, but I think in order to consider doing that, we need the governor to step up and invest in the trains.”
Some riders praised her vision to improve the beleaguered system and stopped to discuss their problem-plagued commutes.
“There’s so many people and they have no plan. The plan they have is a joke,” said Katie Pawluk, 41, from Williamsburg, who commutes to the East Village every day with her 5-year-old twins and her 9-year-old son for school.
Pawluk also has a 12-year-old son who has an hour-plus commute on the Q train to his school in Brooklyn.
“It’s difficult for him too, so our whole family is impacted,” she said.
Others weren’t pleased with Nixon’s fanfare on the bustling platform.
“Really? Maybe don’t pick a transfer station for this,” said one enraged straphanger as he navigated through the crowd and around the press throng.
A frustrated woman snapped, “Sis is crazy to be doing this during rush hour.”
Nixon eventually caught an L train and got off at Union Square, where she greeted more commuters.
A Cuomo campaign spokeswoman blasted Nixon’s subway stunt.
“Actors are trained to make fiction sound believable and this morning’s performance was more of the same,” she said. “We share Ms. Nixon’s frustration with the delay of much-needed subway repairs — she should call her friend the mayor and ask why he refused to fully fund the subway action plan for nearly a year.”
The MTA tweeted about the delays just before 8 a.m.
“The last stop on some 8 Av-bound L trains will be Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs or Sutter Av because of a customer in need of medical assistance at Sutter Av. You may experience delays in both directions,” the agency wrote.