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MTA Follies: First Hearing is Not Kind and Gentle

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If the first of eight hearings the MTA is holding on its draconian proposed service cuts and huge fare increases is any indication, it's going to be one of the best shows in town. About 400 people showed up at the hearing at the Hilton New York Hotel and 300 of them signed up to speak. The crowd, uh, grew "raucous at times," among other things lambasting the board members for just about everything including manipulating the public with "scare tactics." MTA Chair H. Dale Hemmerdinger said, "I want to assure you we don’t want to do any of what we have proposed. We We don’t want to do any of this. We don’t want to frighten anybody." He did not receive cheers. [NYT]