Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis was not impressed by Mayor de Blasio’s silence on today’s subway derailment, offering harsh criticism tonight. She characterized as “shocking” the mayor’s unwillingness to comment or respond to shouted questions from reporters. More broadly, she urged a joint City/State effort at expediting upgrades of the subway signal system and said that as mayor she would willingly increase the City’s financial contribution to the MTA for such an effort. Malliotakis also had kind words for newly returned MTA chairman Joe Lhota.
We spoke just ahead of Malliotakis’ appearance tonight at the West Side Republican Club.