GOP New York US House Reps Claim Credit For Rail Service Restorations After Voting Against Funding Bill

The New York Post reports:

Long Island GOP Reps. Lee Zeldin and Andrew Garbarino took a victory lap after the MTA and Long Island Railroad announced they would reverse service cuts, despite the lawmakers voting against the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that made the service restoration possible.

Garbarino and Zeldin “urged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to reverse course on their recent service cuts, which have led to reports of infrequent, overcrowded trains. Following their urging, the MTA announced it would restore previously cut service,” the pair crowed in a joint press release.

The two pols were part of a united block of Republican opposition to the federal funding bill, which passed the House just a day later on a mostly party-line vote.

Read the full article. Other Republicans, including Rep. Madison Cawthorn, have boasted about the funding of local projects after voting against that very funding. 

Zeldin and Garbarino were among the GOP House reps who signed onto a lawsuit seeking to overturn the result of the presidential election.

You may recall Zeldin as Trump’s loudest defender during the first impeachment trial, to the point where he is mentioned over 550 times in Ukraine-related deposition transcripts.

Last month Zeldin announced that he’s “actively exploring” running against Gov. Cuomo. Longtime JMG readers may also remember Zeldin as an ugly opponent of same-sex marriage during his time in the New York Senate.