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Governor Cuomo announced free rides for customers catching the subway in the Rockaways and Howard Beach and for customers on the R train in Brooklyn.

It’s a gesture to mark the anniversary of the storm and the hardships those customers endured.

“On the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy we want to thank New Yorkers who made it through the storm with both resilience and good spirits,” Governor Cuomo said. “Superstorm Sandy was particularly difficult for New York City and Long Island, but the patience, the kindness, and good nature of New Yorkers helped our state in the meediate aftermath and over the past year as we have been rebuilding our communities. These free rides are a thank you to the MTA riders in the Rockaways in Queens and those who use the R train in Brooklyn for taking the hardships of the storm in stride and for their understanding in the months since.”

Here are the details from the Governor’s office:  From 12:01 Tuesday morning until 11:59 Tuesday evening, riders entering stations on the A line between Howard Beach and the Rockaway Peninsula and riders entering stations on the R line between Bay Ridge-95th Street and Court Street will not be charged a fare.

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Governor Cuomo also announced a tourism initiative which includes commemorative “I LOVE NY” MetroCards. Those will be available at MetroCard vending machines beginning October 29th.

MetroCards will be getting some New York-style love starting Oct. 29.