If you come to New York City, the first thing you will notice is that the subway system here is horrible. It is a very old system - 115 years old, and it looks old.
It is a dirty system and there are rats all over the place.
So here's a funny story. The Mayor of New York City (the leader of NY City) decided to take the subway to an important meeting. He stood and waited and waited and waited and waited. After waiting 20 minutes, he decided to leave.
So he became frustrated and left the subway but his car and driver had already left. So he became upset about all of this and sent an angry email message to his staff (it wasn't his staff's fault - it's the MTA!). But he also accidentally sent a copy of the email to a reporter at the NY Times. Ooooops.
In the e-mail he asks his staff to find out ahead of time, in the future, whether the trains are going to arrive on time or not. He doesn't say: "Change this horrible system!" he says, "When I am supposed to ride the subway, make sure it will work!"
Now at least he knows what every other person in New York City knows: THE MTA SUCKS! And we know what we should have known before we stupidly elected this guy: de Blasio sucks!
Here's the article:
Vocabulary from the article:
a sternly worded missive - sternly means strongly, missive is a fancy term for a letter or message; DeBlasio sent an angry email message
a recipient - someone who receives something
declared - stated
confounded - frustrated, stopped, prevented from doing something (confounded isn't used very often)
the express train - there are express trains and local trains. The express trains are supposed to travel faster. In fact, they travel just as slowly.
the detail - his group of body guards and the driver
to confirm - to make sure
NYPD - the police
to keep track of - to be aware of
hassles - problems