Paterson: Sorry, But M.T.A. Should Just Raise Fares

ALBANY—David Paterson said the M.T.A. board should go ahead with raising fares at its Wednesday board meeting, implicitly admitting that state government will not enact a revenue package to mitigate fare hikes beforehand.
“I don’t think that the agency should delay any action,” Paterson just said at a Red Room press conference.
Yesterday, he said he was “not really optimistic” that he and lawmakers would reach an agreement on time. When asked if he was meeting about an M.T.A. bailout in the next 48 hours, Paterson repeated that he’s been “trying to reach an agreement for the past several weeks.”
Paterson was standing between Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver during a press conference announcing extended prescription coverage.