Three cheers for Kathy Hochul for nixing the MTA’s bid to hold up the NYC Marathon

Good — great! — about Governor Hochul waiving the MTA’s foolish move of charging the New York Road Runners Club $750,000 to close the Verrazano Bridge for the New York Marathon.

“I have directed the MTA to resolve this confusion and allow the marathon to proceed as usual,” the government told the Post.

MTA tellers cited the loss of cash from uncollected tolls as runners cross, but an analysis by the Post found that $1 million in revenue from subway ridership, which expanded significantly that day. I’m not counting dollar strength (which is likely). Runners and tourists visiting for the marathon experience increased fares in the days before and after the race. )

And that just shows the real problem here: the marathon is wonderful For the city.

Spanning the five boroughs established 54 years ago, nothing is more iconic about New York City than the 42.2-mile trek from Staten Island, across Verrazzano, through iconic neighborhoods in the concrete jungle, and ending in lush Central Park. there is no.

The marathon attracts more than 50,000 runners from 148 countries and generates more than $425 million in benefits for the city’s economy. Ultimately, that’s what the MTA exists for.

Additionally, since 2006, we have raised $520 million for philanthropy.

Oh, and NYRR is paying $100,000 to close the bridge and has agreed to double that amount this year, but if the MTA doesn’t receive the full $750,000, it will move the race to Verrazano’s two decks. Threatened to limit himself to one of: How can I get Chinzi?

It would go a long way toward replenishing the MTA’s empty coffers, especially at a time when New Yorkers are outraged by upcoming congestion pricing.

And never mind that it’s the state legislators who actually imposed that plan on us (and the progressive politics that encouraged the assault that currently costs the MTA $700 million a year) House).trying to hold on to a marathon was The MTA’s decision, and a stupid one.

It doesn’t matter that the NYRR club isn’t exactly poor. The club remains a non-profit organization, benefiting charities and the town as a whole.

Mr. Hochul said: “The Marathon is an iconic symbol of New York City’s tenacity and resilience that unites communities across the five boroughs each fall.”

Thanks to Hochul for shutting down a bad idea right away.