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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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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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“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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New York City subway now supports tap-to-pay at all stations

You can now gain entry to any station of the New York City Subway with the tap of a phone, instead of the (famously finicky) swipe of a MetroCard.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday that it had completed the rollout of tap-to-pay scanners at all subway stations and on all of its buses throughout the city. The MTA has been installing the system, called OMNY, since May 2019 as part of a modernization effort to phase out the plastic MetroCards that have been in use since the ’90s. The new tap-to-pay system is available at 472 stations and on 5,800 buses in total, the MTA said.

Tap-to-pay is supposed to speed up entry into buses and subways and reduce costs throughout the transit system, officials have said. It’s also just meant to be simpler and more modern. Other cities have had tap-to-pay transit systems for years or decades.

For now, you need a phone that supports NFC-based mobile payments in order to use the OMNY system. Later in 2021, the MTA will begin selling tap-to-pay cards that can be used in place of a phone — an important addition since not all riders own a smartphone. Support for reduced fares for senior riders and riders with disabilities will come at some point this year, too.

MetroCards are supposed to be “phased out entirely” by 2023.

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The ‘Metrocard’ of the Subway of the Big Apple will be eliminated completely in 2023 | The State

Credit cards or smart phones are required to access this system

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced this Thursday, precisely the last day of 2020, that OMNY readers were installed in all 472 stations and 5,800 buses of the Big Apple Subway system, which allow the payment of ‘contactless’ fees via credit cards and smartphones. The challenge now is completely remove Metrocards by 2023.

“We are at the forefront of this trend. Customers from this new year 2021 will have all the necessary tools to have a trip as smooth as possible. 15,000 devices installed and already registered 35 million ‘touches’ since OMNY was launched in 2019, “said Mario Péloquin, MTA’s director of operations.

To further educate customers on the benefits of this innovative payment system, the shipping agency launched the system-wide campaign “Tap On, Get On” to explain how to access this digital wallet technology, the latest device of which is installed in the station Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum.

Sarah Meyer, director of customer service at MTA explained that users will understand that it is a process fast, safe and simple.

“This allows people to spend less time waiting at MetroCard vending machines and more time at home with their families, “he said.

Currently, more than 70% of Visa cards in New York are enabled to cancel Subway contactless fees, compared to 5% when the system began implementation, MasterCard and American Express they have adapted their systems to join this system as well.


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Demand Stop on Subway Rate Increase After $ 4 Billion in Federal Relief Assignments to MTA | The State

The congress included $ 4.2 billion dollars to help the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), as part of the new COVID-19 economic relief package that they approved last week, and although the funds that are still awaiting the signature of President Trump would give a breathing space to the train and bus agency of the Big Apple, the same will not happen with users.

With almost 70% reduction in revenue due to the lack of passengers since the pandemic began and a deficit of more than $ 12,000 million for the transportation agency, the ‘miracle’ of thinking that there will be no increases in the MetroCard next year, as the Mexican asks Julio Monroy and thousands of New Yorkers, They seem to be out of the way, at least for now.

The MTA He warned that the funds on the way will help considerably to curb possible layoffs and cuts in routes and service, but the rate increase is scheduled to be put to a vote in January or later.

The agency clarified that the budget of the public transport service assumes increases in rates every two years, as has been the case since 2009, and he warned that the capital, fixes and modernization program of the system will remain on hold for now.

“We are relieved and grateful that Congress passes another coronavirus relief bill which includes $ 4 billion in federal relief for the MTA. This crucial funding will allow us to pass 2021 without devastating service outages and layoffs of more than 9,000 colleagues“, said Patrick J. Foye, president of the MTA, adding that the horizon remains very cloudy.

“To be clear, we still face a deficit of $ 8 billion in the years to come, but this is a promising first step that will help protect local, state and national economies in the short term. We hope that future bills will fully offset the impact of the pandemic, as there can be no recovery without a strong public transportation system to serve as the engine of progress, “the official added.

It should be noted that if finally the relief package not approved by Trump, the MTA would see the color of ant, since it is counting on the $ 4,000 that the aid plan is giving it. The fear is that Trump, who required as a requirement to stamp his signature on the law, that stimulus checks issued to Americans making up to $ 75,000 a year is $ 2,000 and not $ 600, as agreed, leave the package.

Users concerned about a blow to the pocket

The MTA’s response to go ahead with its rate increase plan for 2021 did not please the vast majority of usersMany of them who are essential workers, as they assure that in the midst of the devastation caused by the COVID-19 crisis, there is no longer room for one more blow to the pocket, in something basic such as transportation.

“It seems to me the last straw that the MTA gets money and they don’t even put us on their priority list. We are in the queue of everything, “he said. the Colombian Jairo Castro, who works in a Manhattan restaurant as a cook, and who saw his income cut since last week when his work hours were cut in half. “In the midst of a situation like this, instead of thinking about increasing the MetroCard, which is already very expensive, It would be telling us today as a Christmas gift that not only are they not going to raise prices but that they are going to leave the free service while things are sorted out ”.

Passengers demand that MetroCard rates not be increased in 2021 as a relief to the covid crisis

Liborio Mendieta, originally from Guerrero, Mexico, He also added to the complaint and assured that the poorest New Yorkers have been “bombed” everywhere.

“In the rents they don’t help us, they take our jobs from the restaurants, they don’t give us any unemployment insurance or aid for not having papers and now they want to upload our MetroCard. The truth is that they pass. We are not worth for CuomoSaid the immigrant. “They are passing the train over us. It’s good that they give us a real break ”.

The Ecuadorian Julio Saquicela he went further and said that if rates go up in January, he will not buy more MetroCards and will sneak on the train.

“They should take care of us and treat us who work all the time so that the city works. This already makes me angry and the truth is that if they do not treat us with consideration, then we should all go in without paying to that they take us into account and appreciate us. It’s an abuse“Said the father of the family, from Queens.

The president of the Transportation Committee of the Municipal Council, Ydanis Rodríguez, He assured that he understands the serious economic situation in which the MTA finds itself, but called on that agency to give users a break.

“I hope that the federal funds they are receiving, the MTA can normalize what has to do with one of the worst deficits in its history, and that they can also keep any plan to increase transportation rates protected,” said the political leader.

They demand a stop to rate increases after allocation of $ 4,000 million in federal relief

“I hope the MTA does not rush to make decisions and wait for them to take power biden and harris, which according to the Democratic leadership itself is expected to give more financial aid to the MTA. I ask you not to continue with your increase plan“Added the Dominican politician.

Activist cry out for zero raises

Transportation activists also took the same side and assured that the federal move does not solve the needs of thousands of New Yorkers who demand zero increases.

Danny Pearlstein, of the organization Riders Alliance, that watches over the passengers of the public transport system of the Big Apple, assured that with the economic boost agreed in Washington, the subway and the MTA buses are protected from immediate cuts, but acknowledged that it does not address the great concern of passengers more people in need.

“The COVID aid package it won’t make all New Yorkers recover. Paying the transit fare will continue to be a struggle for too many, especially essential workers and low-income people who have no other way to get around, ”warned Pearlstein, who urged Governor Cuomo to order a halt to fare increases for the 2021.

Governor Cuomo must stop the regressive rate hike and finding new progressive funding sources for the MTA rather than trying to balance its budget at the expense of public transportation passengers, ”he added.

The executive director of the organization ‘Transportation Alternatives’, Danny Harris, warned that public transportation is “the engine that drives the economy” of New York City and recovery from the pandemic will depend on a fully funded MTA.

“Securing $ 4 billion for the MTA is a significant victory for bus riders, subway riders, and the future of the region,” the transportation activist said, warning that the next government urgently reaches into its pocket.

“There is still more to do, and we stand ready to work with elected officials and partners to secure the billions more needed for #Save Transit and fully fund the MTA. This also includes the passage of the congestion tax in Manhattan, and we strongly urge the incoming Biden administration to green light this funding measure without delay. “

The New York senator, Chuck schumerSenate Democratic Minority Leader applauded the approved funding for the MTA in the federal relief package, saying they will make the Subway vitally important to keep the Big Apple moving amid its bid to get out there. side.

“This (aid) should keep our subway and our buses running without the kinds of cuts that people worry about,” said the politician, who made no reference to the fare hike.

They demand a brake on rate increases after allocation of $ 4,000 million in federal relief

Despite money on the way, the MTA insists it will still need an additional $ 8 billion to avoid cuts in bus and train services by up to 40%.

The office of Governor Andrew Cuomo He did not comment on the matter and did not respond directly to the demand that he intervene so that the MTA does not increase the rates.

Funding for the MTA in numbers:

  • $ 4.2 billion would be the funds allocated to the MTA by the federal government
  • $ 12 billion is the current deficit facing the MTA
  • $ 8,000 million would be the deficit after receiving federal aid
  • 70% of ticket revenues fell amid the pandemic