THE BRONX - The plan to bring four new Metro-North stations to the Bronx now has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

Cuomo pushed the eastern Bronx expansion proposal during his State of the State address Wednesday, earning applause from local leaders.

The proposed stops are located in Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-op City, and would provide direct access to Penn Station in Manhattan and make the borough more accessible. It would especially benefit Co-op City, which only has bus travel, and could bring more people to the new mall coming to Bay Plaza.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. calls the idea transformative, saying it promotes new economic opportunities for residents.

An MTA spokesperson says that the Bronx has the largest number of reverse commuters in the country, which means people travel from the borough to work in the suburbs, and that they would greatly benefit from increased rail service.