MTA boss Joseph Lhota had harsh words for Sen. Bill Perkins, D-Harlem, in a New York Times story today, saying Perkins does “nothing but talk and talk and talk, and he does nothing.”
The surprising attack by the newly appointed Lhota led to an admonishment from fellow Bronx Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who called on Lhota to apology, saying, “Whether or not you agree with Senator Perkins’, or any other senator’s legislation, it’s inappropriate to level personal attacks, instead of focusing on the issues.”
And now Lhota (left) has apologized in a statement.
Perkins had praised Lhota for being the “rat czar” during his tenure in the Giuliani administration in his efforts to rid the city of the vermin. But Lhota apparently didn’t take too kindly to Perkins’ new bill that would ban eating on the subways.
“I would like to apologize to Senator Perkins for my comments in the NY Times today,” Lhota said.
“Bill is an excellent legislator with great constituent services, and I share his commitment to addressing the problem of rat proliferation in New York City. Though we agree on many rat-related issues, we disagree on banning food on the subways. I have a great deal of respect for Senator Perkins.”