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Blumenthal’s Metro-North Crusade: Proper (& Political?)

By Ann Radalet

www.ctmirror.org

Washington—Reports of the resignation of Metro -North President Howard Permut may indicate that Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal has drawn blood in his battle against the commuter railway.

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“I think (Permut’s) resignation reflects the pressure that has been brought to bear for a more reliable safety system,” Blumenthal said today. “But a change in management has to be accompanied by a change in culture.”

It’s hard to tell whether the pressures Blumenthal has exerted on Metro-North helped Permut decide to leave the railroad. Metro-North spokeswoman Judie Glave would not comment, or even confirm Permut’s plans to leave.

But no one could argue that Blumenthal’s campaign hasn’t helped keep Metro-North in the hot seat since two of its commuter trains collided near Bridgeport in May, the first of a string of accidents that included the deaths of four in a derailment in New York.

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