Cuomo tells MTA to address homelessness in subways

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo demanded that transportation officials tackle what he called an "egregious" problem in New York City's subway system: the rising number of homeless people.

The Democrat sent a letter Friday to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, noting that homelessness has a direct impact on riders.

Cuomo said that in 2018, about 650 trains were delayed because of the presence of homeless people, up from about 420 in 2014.

The governor said more than 2,170 homeless New Yorkers were found in stations and subway trains this year, up from 1,770 last year.

In response, MTA Chairman Patrick Foye said he agrees the issue of homelessness must be part of the state agency's ongoing reorganization plan to provide riders with safe and dependable service.