New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is ordering New York City’s subway authority to develop a cleaning plan for all trains after reports that the subway system has deteriorated, with trains filled with homeless people and crime proliferating.
Cuomo said he saw pictures in the Daily News of train cars that were filthy and disgusting and had homeless people living on them with all of their belongings.
"And it was not just the Daily News picture, it reflected what has been in the press and what people have been saying, which is the deterioration of the conditions in the subways," Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany.
He said he has ordered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to submit a full plan by Thursday on how it intends to disinfect every train every night to protect commuting essential workers.
"Any essential worker who shows up and gets on a train should know that that train was disinfected the night before," CNBC cited him as saying.
Cuomo added that the subway conditions also pose a threat to the city’s homeless population who lack protective face masks and gloves.