The Post reported last week that the Hudson Yards 7-train subway station, which opened just this past September after more than ten years of planning and delays, was a “disgusting, moldy mess,” noting that “leaks, flooded bathrooms and water damage” had put nearly half the escalators out of service. According to a plumber, it’s due to poor construction, with the ceilings not being made waterproof. If this wasn’t disturbing enough, especially considering the station’s $2.45 billion price tag, the Times has new information straight from the MTA: “A spokesman for the authority, Kevin Ortiz, said the contractor, Yonkers Contracting, would pay $3 million to fix the leaks. The work began last Friday and will take up to three months, Mr. Ortiz said.”
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The Times described the MTA’s frustration with the situation, explaining that chairman Thomas F. Prendergast will ask an independent engineer to review the project’s construction, design, and oversight. “What did we know and what actions did we take with respect to trying to correct the conditions that are existing there, so we can find ourselves in a position next time that we don’t have the same outcome?” he said. Michael Horodniceanu, the president of the MTA’s capital construction company, claimed officials knew about the leaks since the summer of 2012, but never informed the board, creating tension within the agency. “We spent $2 billion on this thing, and there is a significant blemish on this agency,” said board member Allen P. Cappelli.
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