MANHATTAN — Like many New Yorkers, Bernie Sanders is uninterested in ready for the practice.
The Vermont senator and former presidential candidate rode the A practice with Mayor Invoice de Blasio Monday whereas stumping for hizzoner’s proposed “millionaires tax” to repair the ailing subway system — however not earlier than getting a style of the growing wait occasions dealing with straphangers throughout the town.
“You gotta do one thing about that, Mr. Mayor,” Sanders stated whereas ready with the mayor for a downtown A practice on the Penn Station cease round eleven a.m., with an overhead countdown clock displaying an eight-minute wait.
“How concerning the millionaires tax?” de Blasio responded, of his proposal to tax metropolis residents who earn greater than half one million dollars a yr to pay for subway repairs and sponsored MetroCards for low-revenue residents.
The pair ultimately boarded the practice en path to a press convention contained in the Fulton Road subway station, the place Sanders endorsed the mayor’s reelection bid and threw his help behind the proposed tax, which might usher in round $seven hundred million.
“That is the wealthiest nation within the historical past of the world and it isn’t a radical concept to say that whenever you experience on the subway, you must experience in consolation. You need to journey in a subway automotive the place you possibly can sit, the place you understand when the practice is coming,” Sanders stated on the occasion.
The wealthiest individuals within the nation “want to start out paying [their] justifiable share of taxes,” he added.
“When anyone has to get to work, they’ve a proper to know that their mass transportation goes to work and get them there on time,” the senator stated. “A bit little bit of a tax for individuals on the highest can do this, and create hundreds of jobs on the similar time.”
De Blasio’s plan “is strictly the other of what Trump and the Republican management in Congress try to do,” he added.
Requested concerning the mayor and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s variations of opinion over funding for the MTA, Sanders maintained that his help for the millionaires tax didn’t imply he was “taking sides.”
“I’ve received sufficient to maintain me busy in Washington with out getting concerned in New York state politics,” he stated. “I do know you…