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Attempted murder in the New York Subway: Hispanic accused of pushing another passenger onto the tracks | The State

Constant violence in the subway

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Linda Chávez was arrested on suspicion of having pushed another woman onto a train that was approaching the Lexington Avenue / 59th St station of the New York Subway, next to the famous Bloomingdale’s store.

Apparently it was another of the violent random acts that have become common in the subway, because there was no connection between the two women. The 33-year-old suspect was charged with attempted murder, authorities said this morning.

Chávez (33), Queens resident She was arrested at the scene where she allegedly pushed the 31-year-old victim onto a Line 6 train arriving at the Midtown East station around 5:40 p.m. yesterday.

The passenger struck the first car of the train and fell onto the platform, miraculously suffering only an injury to her arm. Was hospitalized in stable condition, reported New York Post.

The violence and “mental health crisis” that the city is experiencing are wreaking havoc on the transportation system, recently denounced the city’s transit chief (NYC Transit), Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.


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MTA will not increase Metro, bus and train fares in 2021, but tolls will | The State

Unprecedented closure of the Metro since May 6, every morning

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MTA will not raise fares on buses, railways and the Subway this year in New York, despite the immense deficit it faces, aggravated by months without payment during the pandemic and the low traffic that still persists due to the virus and insecurity.

What can advance this year is a increase in tolls, but advocates say Resident discounts must continue for drivers on Rockaways and Staten Island.

The MTA board will vote on the issue on Thursday, but yesterday official sources pointed out that the planned increases, which have occurred every two years since 2009, they won’t happen in 2021.

MTA President Pat Foye confirmed last night that planned fare increases for Metro, buses and rail will be postponed.

The 4% increases were discussed in public hearings in December. But community leaders and elected officials spoke out immediately against any increase, amidst the unemployment crisis and commercial paralysis that the city is experiencing.

The number of passengers has dropped dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic. It has recovered and at the moment it is approximately 30% of what it was in March, at the beginning of the confinement, he stressed Pix11.

The number of bus users has recovered by more than half, after months of free service to isolate drivers and prevent infections.

LIRR and Metro-North rates would also remain stable, according to sources. Changes have been made to schedules and there could be further decreases, given low passenger demand.

In December, the deficit Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which governs the New York Subway and other suburban systems, approved its 2021 budget, noting that the final situation will largely depend on the support they receive from the federal government.

The MTA was only able to balance the budget by borrowing from the federal reserve. Federal aid money would simply balance out the year 2021 and not address a long-term plan, with a deficit of $ 8 billion expected through 2024.


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Naked man was electrocuted to death after pushing another onto the subway tracks in New York | The State

Unbridled violence in the NYC Subway


Malik Jackson died after falling naked to the subway rails after pushing another passenger at a station in Harlem (NYC).

The passenger pushed by Jackson (35) survived, but then he was electrocuted during a fight with Tyler Horrell (55), a Good Samaritan who resulted with minor injuries, the NYPD reported.

The new episode of subway violence occurred because Jackson he had not taken his medications, his mother Ethel Trammell lamented. In statements to New York Post, He insisted that his son was not an aggressive person and that he would typically have been a hero, not a villain.

The “unhinged and naked” man had been wandering around Station 2/3 at 110th St and Central Park North when he pushed a passenger around 3:40 p.m. of Saturday. Horrell stepped in to help, jumping onto the rails, and ended up fighting Jackson, who also took to the tracks. During the fight, the attacker made contact with the third lane and was electrocuted. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after, police said.

A train was entering the station at the time, but did not make contact with the two passengers assaulted by Jackson, who were later taken to St. Luke’s Hospital with minor injuries.

Trammell said Jackson was diagnosed with psychosis when he was a teenager and started hearing voices, becoming paranoid. He added that his son was seen affected by the pandemic, which appeared to have wiped out the social services he has been receiving. He had 23 prior arrests, but none since 2015.

At least four people have been pushed onto the NYC Subway tracks since November; miraculously, they had all survived. The violence and “mental health crisis” that the city is experiencing are wreaking havoc on the transportation system, recently denounced the city’s transit chief (NYC Transit), Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.


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Hispanic Arrested for Hammer Attack on New York Subway The State

José Moreno was arrested on suspicion of attacking a passenger with a hammer at a subway station in Upper Manhattan.

Moreno, 47, was arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with two counts of battery, according to the New York police.

Supposedly hit the unidentified passenger on the back of the head with a hammer while waiting for the train on Sunday around 11 a.m., inside the 175th St station on Line A, in Washington Heights.

“I’m going to fuck … someone,” the deranged man shouted before the random attack, he detailed New York Post. Then he fled in an unknown direction. The 46-year-old stunned victim sought the help of the booth clerk at the station, but did not need to be hospitalized.

The violence and “mental health crisis” that the city is experiencing are wreaking havoc on the transportation system, recently denounced the city’s transit chief (NYC Transit), Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.


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Passenger was pushed onto the rails on the Times Square Subway | The State

A man was pushed onto the New York Subway tracks at the central Times Square / 42 St station last night and miraculously managed to get to safety before being hit by a train. said the police.

The 32-year-old unidentified victim was pushed by another man onto the southbound N line tracks around 8:20 p.m., it reported. New York Post.

After safely re-climbing onto the platform, the victim refused to receive medical attention. While, the suspect fled the station on foot while the NYPD searched for him. He was wearing a black jacket and gray pants at the time of the attack, which is unclear if it was random or the product of an argument.

The city’s “mental health crisis” is wreaking havoc on the transportation system, recently denounced the city’s transit chief (NYCT), Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.


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Subway passenger in Upper Manhattan was hit with a hammer on the head | The State

A passenger was hit in the head with a hammer on a New York City Subway platform, in an apparent new random attack.

The NYPD said the incident happened Sunday around 11 a.m. inside the 175th St station on line A, in Washington Heights.

The 46-year-old victim was waiting for a train on the southbound platform when an unidentified man approached him from behind and suddenly struck him on the back of the head with a hammer, authorities said.

The attacker fled in an unknown direction. The stunned victim sought the help of the booth clerk at the station, reported Pix11.

The city’s “mental health crisis” is wreaking havoc on the transportation system, denounced the city’s transit chief, Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The NYPD released a surveillance image of the man they are searching in connection with Sunday’s assault. The suspect has not been detained. Who has information should call at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also via the page or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.


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Report Alerts MTA Workers Involved in Accidents Are Tested for Alcohol Very Late | The State

The report claims that 90% of the 6,600 bus employees involved in accidents received late tests.

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Between 2017 and 2019 there were several traffic accidents caused by workers of the Metropolitan Transportation Authorities (MTA), but the alcohol tests conducted on those bus and train drivers involved were conducted too late, in some cases causing those responsible they will not face any consequences.

This was revealed by a report released by MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny, in which he asks the authorities of that agency to change practices to allow this test to be carried out in less than two hours after an accident.

Pokorny questioned the MTA by data showing that at least 7 bus drivers and Subway 4 they would have avoided being imposed disciplinary measures because the alcohol tests took too long.

And although the report indicated that the managers of the transit agency and operational personnel are unaware of the extent of these delays, it is estimated that 90.0% of tests performed on 6,600 bus employees and the 88.5% made to 4,000 Subways employees, were completed more than 2 hours after the accident occurred.

“If the NYPD can screen suspected drunk drivers in 2 hours, why can’t the MTA do that with employees at the scene of a serious bus or train accident?” He said. Pokorny.

The Inspector General added: “Allowing too much time to pass between the accident and the workers’ tests creates an unnecessary obstacle, putting the safety of our passengers, workers and others at risk.”

An audit of the MTA Office of the Inspector General The (OIG) found that the vast majority of post-crash alcohol testing was delayed and the problem has worsened even as the OIG issued multiple reports on the same issue since 1999.

According to OIG, the main reason why the tests take so long is the duration of the investigations carried out at the accident scene, in addition to the time it takes for the employee to travel from the accident site to the medical center of NYC Transit where the tests are performed.

The report recalls that Federal Transit Administration (FTA), recognizing that the body removes alcohol fairly quickly, requires alcohol testing to be conducted as soon as possible for accidents involving significant injury to people or property, ideally within 2 hours of the accident. Timeliness of tests is crucial; the longer the time between the accident and the test, the greater the likelihood that an employee’s impairment at work will continue undetected or addressed, posing a risk to themselves, the public, other employees, and the property of the agency.

The MTA and New York City Transit They are fully committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. Every year, we evaluate tens of thousands of employees; our testing program is among the largest in the country and meets or exceeds all federal regulations and guidelines, “said MTA deputy director of communications, Aaron donovan, in a statement published by NBC New York.

Late testing:

  • 90% of the 6,600 bus employees involved in accidents received late tests.
  • At least 7 employees were spared disciplinary action because of it.
  • 88.5% of the 4,000 Subway employees involved in accidents received late testing.
  • At least 4 employees were spared disciplinary action because of it.


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“The pandemic is far from over”: night closure of the New York Subway will continue indefinitely for deep disinfection | The State

Ultraviolet light cleaning announced in May


Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) agreed that the policy of closing the Metro for four hours a night will continue for the foreseeable future, because “the pandemic is far from over.”

De Blasio was asked about the possible reopening of the underground system at a press conference yesterday. “I think that because of the effort to make it possible for people to return to the Metro, because they believed in the cleanliness and health of the Metro, the night cleaning has been a real success ”, answered.

“This is something where the state and the city really, we are on the same page, we work together, it has been a success. There is more to do we are still in the center of the COVID crisis, I would not end that policy now, “he added.

MTA also confirmed in a separate statement that the policy would be maintained, reported Pix11. “The pandemic is far from over, and with a significantly more contagious strain in the state, we continue with a focus on all of the above, attacking both surface transmission and aerosol transmission, and This is not the time to compromise or take health and safety risks. We have a largest night bus service that is adapted to the users (at dawn) and, as always, we will monitor the number of passengers and make the necessary adjustments that we can ”.

Since last May 6, the New York Subway stopped offering its historic 24-hour service and was closes every night from 1 to 5 a.m., for one deep cleaning including UV lights and an attempt to evict the homeless.

But in many cases, this population moves to the streets and then wanders in the subway again, generating safety and hygiene problems, despite the low passenger traffic. This week the city’s transit chief, Sarah Feinberg, denounced a “mental health crisis” in NYC that is wreaking havoc on the transportation system, in a new letter to Mayor De Blasio.


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Crime and thrown syringes in the Subway ratify mental health crisis in New York: MTA to Mayor | The State

The pandemic has aggravated anarchy


Syringes allegedly used by drug addicts accumulate on the tracks and stations of the New York Subway, evidencing a “mental health crisis” in NYC that wreaks havoc on the transportation system, reported the city’s transit chief, Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

In his letter asking more police help, Feinberg cited “hundreds of needles” on platforms and tracks, along with cases of assaults involving the mentally ill and multiple suicides and attempts to commit it.

“In the last month alone, we have experienced multiple cases of violent assault, including a homicide, that involved people suffering from mental health problems, ”Feinberg wrote.

“At stations in Upper Manhattan and on the Lower East Side, hundreds of needles are regularly disposed of AND, just last week, the morning rush hour trains were stopped for some time while police had to speak to one person. on the road that refused to leave the right of way ”.

“As you know, COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the mental health and homeless crisis in our city… Sadly, these are challenges that have only gotten worse in the transit system in recent weeks, ”continued Feinberg.

Several transport workers agree with Feinberg’s complaint. “They hang out on the banks (…) So it’s up to us clean after them, ”he told New York Post a worker at the Delancey-Essex station on the Lower East Side.

Another employee at the 23rd Street and 6th Ave station commented that syringes are more common on the tracks than on the platform. “Since it’s more of a quality of life issue, the police don’t really handle it, so our guys are supposed to monitor. But who wants to kick a junkie out into the cold? So we just tolerate it. “

Starting May 6, the New York Subway closes every night from 1 to 5 a.m. for deep cleaning and an attempt to evict the homeless who, in many cases, take to the streets, only to wander the subway again.

This week a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of beating women on the streets and at a subway station in Brooklyn.

In the fall already New York had a deficit of 1,800 police officers after budget cuts, civil tensions and resignations. In July, citing lack of funds, the NYPD closed its dedicated homeless unit.

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“People took photos, but no one helped me”: Hispanic pushed and fractured in the New York Subway | The State

Anarchy in wagons and stations

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Ruth León Villegas, the last known victim of random attacks on the New York Subway, is recovering in hospital with a broken neck and she muses that there is nothing she could have done otherwise to prevent the suspect from attacking her.

The 55-year-old Venezuelan recalled how she lay in pain on the platform of the West 4th St.-Washington Square Station when suspect Matthew Montañez (23) stared at her after the attack, and no onlooker came to his aid despite his pleas.

“People took photos but nobody did anything”, Leon remembered. “I don’t blame them because they may have been too scared of hurting me.”

The victim said the incident started when he was waiting for an F train at 9:30 p.m. on Monday and saw Montañez acting strange for the first time. That’s why she tried to get away from him.

“He just looked at everyone and sang out loud to himself. All of us who were close to him moved away ”, he narrated in Spanish in a telephone conversation with him. New York Post from Bellevue Hospital, where she is being held.

A few minutes later the train entered the station and León was about to board. But without her knowing it, Montañez had her in his sights. “I was getting on the train and he ran towards me and pushed me so hard that I hit the (metal) pillar and fell to the ground” said.

“Blood was pouring out of my head and I felt like I was going to pass out. I had to tell myself not to close my eyes because I didn’t want to lose consciousness (…) I had to call my daughter. I knew the injury was serious. “

Now “I have a lot of pain, my neck is broken, I have a big bruise on my head. I don’t even know how many points I have, but the process took more than two hours. I am very happy to be alive and to be able to move on, ”said the woman.

Montañez was charged with assault and reckless danger. His history includes several arrests for assault, robbery, larceny and resisting, according to the police.

This incident is one of many that have rocked subway transportation recently, including five homicides.