"We want people getting out of cars and into mass transit … which is the future of New York," Mr. Cuomo said at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn last week. "We are not going to continue to grow downstate New York with people getting into cars and commuting. It's numerically impossible. We aren't going to build more roads. … We shouldn't build more roads."
"We're saying what we believe as a people, as a society, is we want to make sure every New Yorker has a place to be sheltered and doesn't have to be in the cold weather," he said, citing the risks of hypothermia and potential death when temperatures dip below 32 degrees, as they inevitably do throughout New York state in January and February.