New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week was studying options for how to spend a $4.2 billion state budget surplus.
Democratic House speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey said revenue from the bingo-style game is no longer needed to help balance a state budget that now has a $500 million projected surplus.
The proposal calls for the state to subsidize the cost of the freeze in 2014 with its budget surplus.
The man tapped to head the Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants a second look at the service cuts that have increased crowding and wait times.
Transit advocates joined elected officials and a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board Sunday, demanding that the agency use a budget surplus to restore and increase service.
Budget constraints caused the MTA to sideline the routes in 2010 but a surplus allowed the transit agency to being the lines back. The MTA estimates the service will benefit about 50,000 riders.