“While fortunately, no injuries occurred as a result of this incident, the fact that it happened at all is unacceptable,” Cuomo said in a statement earlier. “I am directing the Department of Public Service to investigate and identify the exact cause of the outages to help prevent an incident of this magnitude from happening again. Until the recovery is complete, we will continue to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety and security of New Yorkers.”
“The system has to be better than that. Period,” he said.
The state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) tweeted Saturday evening that signals on the A, B, C, D, E, F, and M subway lines were affected and four stations were temporarily closed to the public due to lack of power: 59th St.-Columbus Circle, 47-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Ctr., 34th St.-Hudson Yards, and Fifth Ave./53rd St. It was not immediately clear when full service would be restored.