Gov. Cuomo: 'Any Parties Involved in Derailment Will Be Held Accountable'

Sam Goldstein's photo of TV screen that he shares on Instagram.
Sam Goldstein's photo of TV screen that he shares on Instagram.
By Lanning Taliaferro and Krista Madsen

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the following statement in response to the National Transportation Board's findings on the speed of the train:

“NTSB’s finding that the train was traveling more than double the set speed limit makes clear that, as we suspected, extreme speed was a central cause of this crash. My administration will continue to work in close coordination with the NTSB in their ongoing investigation. The lives that were lost yesterday are a stark reminder that protecting the safety of all New Yorkers must be our top priority. When the investigation concludes, we will make sure that any responsible parties are held accountable. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of the victims of yesterday’s crash.”


The MTA has released two YouTube videos
of the Hudson Line derailment damage and recovery efforts.


The N
ational Transportation Safety Board examined the two event recorders and reports that the Metro-North train was going a staggering 82 miles per hour while entering a 30 mph bend when it derailed.

“When I heard about the speed, I gulped. It sort of takes your breath away,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said in a press conference reported on by CBS News. “For a train to be going 82 mph around that curve is just a frightening thought. And the fact that it was going 82 mph even in the 70 mph zone before the curve started raises so many questions, and it’s scary.”

Officials have yet to determine why the train was going so fast.

Meanwhile, communities are remembering their loved ones lost in Sunday's tragic derailment of a Hudson line Metro-North passenger train.

Montrose resident James Ferrari, 59, is being called a kind, hard-working man who put family first. "He did everything for his family," friend Joe Duraes said. Read more about Ferrari here

Jim Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, the husband of Philipstown Councilwoman Nancy Montgomery, was an audio technician for the Today show and on his way to help with setting up Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree lighting, NBC reports

The GoFundMe campaign created to raise money for his family is seeing a huge and fast outpouring of generosity. 

Senator Greg Ball (R-40) wrote of Lovell, "James was a caring and giving member of Putnam's community and my heart breaks for his wife, as well as their lovely children and the entire family that are now struggling with this enormous loss." 

Read more about Lovell here. 

Donna Smith, 54, of Newburgh, was off to see her sister's choral group perform Handel’s “Messiah”, according to the New York Times. Smith, a paralegal, is described as incredibly giving to her community as a regular mentor and volunteer in many capacities.

Kisook Ahn, 35, of Queens, was a registered nurse from Woodside, Queens, the Wall Street Journal wrote, reporting that she was on her way home from working the night shift at the Sunshine Children's Home and Rehab Center in Ossining. 

“She was just loved and adored by all of the nurses and children here,” Linda Mosiello, the facility’s administrator, told the WSJ of Ahn, who worked mostly with those severely ill in the nursery.

Read more about Ahn here.


Assemblywoman Sandy Galef
(D-95) has issued a statement Monday on the tragedy:

The tragic train derailment that took place yesterday has left all of us reeling.  My heart goes out to the victims and their families of this horrible accident.  The majority of the stops on this train were in my Assembly District.  Unfortunately, I am sure that in addition to the two lives lost in my district, the names of others injured will soon be reported who are our neighbors and friends as well.

I am determined to ensure New York supports any and all efforts to fix and improve our rails and the systems that run them so all that utilize the railway as a critical and valuable resource can feel safe and confident when they do so.  I will be tracking the accident investigation to determine how improvements can best be made to the system.

If anyone should need any help that my office may be able to expedite as a result of the accident, I encourage them to call me at 914-941-1111.


The 26,000 people who use the Hudson Line on weekdays are developing new commuter patterns while the National Transportation Safety Board continues its investigation of yesterday's deadly train derailment. 

Metro-North officials have encouraged commuters to ride the Harlem Line as an alternative.

They have also set up a shuttle system at the Yonkers station to take people to the subway stop at 242nd Street. Hudson Line will continue to be cross-honored on the subway, the MTA said. 

"Cranes and other special heavy equipment are being positioned to remove the rail cars from the area so that repairs can begin," the MTA wrote on its website. "The equipment will arrive this evening begin work following clearance from the NTSB and work will continue through the night."


Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-17) offered her thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, a thanks to first responders, and a push for an intense investigation and greater safety. She issued this statement:

My thoughts and prayers are with victims of this morning's tragedy on the Metro-North Railroad in the Bronx and their families.

On this horrific day for New York, I also extend heartfelt thanks to our first responders for their assistance and ongoing response. 

We must devote every federal resource available to determine what happened and what must be done to keep passengers safe today and in the future. I will work with the National Transportation Safety Board to ensure a thorough and expeditious investigation.


The leaders of the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council expressed a shaken commuter confidence in the wake of the fourth incident with injuries this year on the railroad. “The riders whom we represent must be assured they are safe when they travel on a Metro-North train, but their confidence in the Railroad has been shaken." Click here for their full statement


Many commuters are plodding through longer, slower alternate routes to work. How is it going for you out there? Are you taking train-shuttle-subway or bypassing the Hudson line altogether

Those who want to opt out of this week's tough commute
altogether are urged to work from these office options in Tarrytown, White Plains and Hawthorne

Igor December 02, 2013 at 02:55 PM
How many more accidents does the riding public have to endure before some sort of action is taken?
Shayna's Mom December 03, 2013 at 06:04 AM
I agree with Igor that it's enough with the accidents. That said....whether the brakes failed or the engineer (motorman, perhaps) was speeding someone needs to be accountable. I want to know where the $$$$$ goes from the commuters who ride Metro North. Certainly NOT to fix the trains or tracks. It's disgusting how expensive prices are on Metro North. Someone needs to be held accountable!!!!!
Fairfield Resident December 03, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Why is Sen. Blumenthal (D) from CT involved in this when the accident occured in NEW YORK State?? My guess is he was going for more face time in front of the cameras........as usual........
Brian December 03, 2013 at 09:15 AM
Fairfield, why are you wasting your time with politics at a time like this? Politicos are always running to the cameras, it's part of their job. My thoughts are with the victims and their families, and with Igor and Shayna's Mom's thoughts about preventing this tragedy from happening again.
Krista Madsen (Editor) December 03, 2013 at 09:38 AM
@Fairfield, I believe he's invested because Metro-North runs through CT and there was recently a fatal accident there as well.
jo December 03, 2013 at 01:55 PM
when is Cuomo going to hold all those in Albany on accountability of all the fraud that goes on there, the skirting of campaign finance rules.. the sexual misconduct of many and the list goes on..He is a blow hard like is father.. all take.. yak ..yak ..yak
Igor December 03, 2013 at 04:35 PM
You know someone will have to be a scapegoat. It's not going to be Metro North. Matter of fact they will probably want to raise the rates using this incident to upgrade the system.


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