Today’s Headlines

  • Feds Covered Up Research on Dangers of Cellphone Use While Driving (NYT)
  • Hit-and-Run SUV Driver Kills Mother of Two Crossing Amsterdam at 145th (News)
  • Drivers With Suspended Licenses Get Right Back Behind the Wheel, Speed and Kill (Gothamist)
  • Livery Car Crashes Into Washington Heights Florist After Collision With Van (News, Post)
  • Self-Defense of Fare Hike Four: "We’re Not Hitler" (News, Post)
  • Someone, Please, Primary These GuysThey’re Vulnerable (News, News)
  • Traffic Down on MTA’s Tolled Crossings for 19th Consecutive Month (Post)
  • NJTransit Opens a Rail Spur to the Meadowlands (WNYC)
  • What If Rail Travel Was Only as Safe as Driving? (Infrastructurist)
  • Detroit Planners Study Car-Deer Crashes More Than Car-Ped Crashes (M-Bike via Streetsblog.net)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • It’s nice to read that they built that rail link to the Meadowlands, but why limit its operation so much? Why force the crappy bus service on people who are going to the race track, or Nets games, or arena concerts?

  • “Detroit Planners Study Car-Deer Crashes More Than Car-Ped Crashes ”

    Obviously because hitting a deer is likely to do more damage to your car than hitting a pedestrian.

  • Running against Sens. Diaz, Monserate, Espada, or Kruger? I’ll write you a check (albeit a small one, I’m of modest means)…

    We’d be better off with socially-progressive Republicans than these goons.

  • Ian Turner

    The news article does not say that they are vulnerable. To the contrary, only 40% of voters would vote against a challenger. People are upset with the legislature but not with their legislator. In much the same way that people hate traffic but love their car, nobody is blaming their own legislator for the mess in Albany.

  • Montserrat may be going to prison. I’ll be astonished if someone doesn’t mount a campaign against Espada in the Democratic primary. Although this may be just what a friend calls my first-response faith in human nature…

  • Ian — So 40% would vote for the generic “challenger” against their incumbent representative. What if voters could attach a name and a face to that challenge?

  • Ian Turner

    Ben,

    It’s not obvious (to me) how a name and face would move the needle. On the one hand, it could make the challenge more personal, but on the other, a non-anonymous challenger would be open to attacks in a way that a generic candidate cannot.

    I think the legislature is probably vulnerable, but winning depends primarily (pun not intended) on the degree to which the challenger can get out his or her message. Campaigning in New York is expensive, and the incumbent advantage is one of the strongest in the country. I would guess that a decent challenger could win almost any NY legislature race in the state provided that he or she could raise several hundred thousand dollars early in the race.