Statement Regarding Jay Street/MetroTech Station Complex Ribbon Cutting

December 10, 2010
Itís so nice to be here to congratulate and thank the MTA. For too often, I am at an event to criticize the MTA for something they havenít done or have done wrong. This is a wonderful change.

This new connection is a much-needed investment which will help businesses and residents in vibrant Downtown Brooklyn. This transfer will also provide South Brooklyn residents with a convenient connection to Kennedy Airport and to the West Side of the outer-borough known as Manhattan. Every effort must be made to constantly improve public transportation and I will continue to fight in Albany for our 24/7 transit system.

I want to thank the MTA for making these stations accessible to people with disabilities and mobility impairments. We are another step closer to making every station fully accessible. However, I will continue to fight for the restoration of the B51 bus route, which has provided accessible transportation to Manhattan for close to three decades.

Unfortunately, once you exit the station, an eyesore still remains: 370 Jay Street. For almost ten years, this building has sat empty, wrapped in black netting that reinforces the blight that this building has become in this now vibrant and bustling neighborhood. We ask the MTA to work with the city to stop wasting our taxpayer dollars and blighting our revitalized downtown neighborhood.

Congratulations to the MTA for connecting these two stations and three heavily-used subway lines and for completing this project on-time and on-budget.