Today’s Headlines

  • MTA Budget Recs, as Expected, Include Major Service Reductions, Avoid Fare Hikes (NYT, NY1)
  • TWU Wins Raises as Non-Union Employees Face Pay Cuts (NYT, News)
  • Paterson, Daily News Lament Albany’s Inability to Save Free Student Fares
  • Council Set to Override Parking "Grace Period" Veto, Extend Giveaways to Clergy (WNYC, News)
  • 33-Year-Old Cyclist Killed by Truck Driver in Greenpoint; No Charges (News, Post)
  • Elderly Pedestrian Dies After Sunset Park Hit-and-Run (News, Post, NY1)
  • 50-Car Collision in Shelton, CT Ruled Act of Nature (CT Post)
  • Cyclists Hold Memorial for Bedford Bike Lane; Bloomberg Heads to Copenhagen (News, Post, NY1)
  • Jim Dwyer: Bloomberg One of the "Worst Individual Polluters" Ever in Public Life
  • Tom Vanderbilt Considers the Past and Future of the American Drive-Thru (via Streetsblog.net)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    My response to the end of school transportation is on Room 8, for what it’s worth.

    As I recall, that proposal came out before the raises were affirmed, and the cuts didn’t even cover the budget deficit.

    I’ll have to take a look at the real estate transfer tax assumptions, but I wouldn’t expect much if “extend and pretend” continues. Essentially, virtually no commercial or apartment building can be sold for the value of its mortgage, and as the mortgages come up those buildings are going broke. Foreclosure would be good for the MTA, because the buildings would change hands twice, once to the bank, the second time to the new owner. But banks would then have to admit their full loss, which is why they are negotiating “extend and pretend” agreements instead (aka “a rolling loan gathers no loss”). These do not involve an ownership transfer, and nothing sells.

  • Where’s the public outrage about service cuts??

  • If government is going to push students off mass transit it damn well better make sure the streets are safe first.

  • Glenn: “Where’s the public outrage about service cuts??”

    One answer would be: Lost among the SUV ads on TV broadcasts. Another: It’s invisible through the windshield perspective of many journalists. But my favorite is: Slowly simmering in the background.

    What would be the result of the service cuts? Take your pick: A new age of biketopianism. Or: Now under-served neighborhoods will take on more of the look and feel of America’s beloved car country. Or: Taxpayers whose commutes are made hellish (or downright impossible) depopulate neighborhoods that have only recently recovered from deterioration and chaos.

    I think the answer is all of the above. It’s the third one that scares me most. The door to my apartment is heavily scarred from the jimmies and crowbars wielded on it in the bad old days. Those days could return sooner than the blinkered press seems to think…

    Barcelona was lovely and scary.

  • Yeah, the first thing I think of when I see pictures of that Connecticut 50 car pile-up is “nature”…

  • I agree on all of the above Mark.

    This round, we need to show that the blame is squarely on the State Government, specifically the State legislature – NOT the MTA.

    I hope John Kaehny is right that bridge tolls will seem like a more politically palatable way to raise revenue for transit than the service cuts.

    But really, we need the MTA to have a lock-box on it’s revenue streams so they are not raided by the State. And we need to end the bonding of long term revenue streams into just a few years of short term funding.

  • Fred

    Now I know why the Wobblies hated the AFL. If you pretend to stand for worker’s rights how can you throw a large group of workers under the bus.

    I think we’re lucky that our politicians vote for a “grace period” and not for privatizing our meters. In the end this is easily reversible and hopefully people see why it’s a bad idea (because, it clearly is, even for drivers). Chicagoans are stuck with the decision of their politicians for decades to come.

  • The Governor’s full of baloney. How about unlocking the lock-box around Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project?

    Only in New York would we consider subsidizing a money-losing, eminent domain-abusing basketball arena more important than providing for school kids and transit.

  • 33-Year-Old Cyclist Killed: a FOIL request for records on this crash has been filed.

  • idiot kills girl and nothing is done. in my naivete, i had assumed that is was the nypd’s job to make the streets safer for everyone, not just folks behind a wheel. now this asshole is free to kill more people, just like our beloved suspended license guy and so many others.

    screw mta cuts, when are we going to see nypd cuts? i mean, the mta is at least useful and does what it’s supposed to. the nypd is a waste of taxpayer money.

  • Yup, Jayinportland, that sure does look like it was caused by weather.

  • I think we’re already seeing NYPD cuts — offset by add’l Federal moneys flowing in to keep them employed.

    The “Law Enforcement Community” is one of the eight or nine classes or industries symbiotic with the Federal regime. They receive funding via trickledown, their most heinous training, and their most brutal equipment courtesy Washington. And then they deploy it in our home towns.

    http://www.operationatlas.150m.com/
    http://www.semp.us/publications/biot_reader.php?BiotID=242

    > They travel around in Chevrolet Suburbans with blacked-out windows, pull up to curbs, let the doors fly open, and officers in Kevlar combat helmets and body armor, carrying M-4 assault rifles, rush out. These deployments are asymmetrical, unpredictable and they deliberately follow no pattern. “They are self-conscious displays of force, presuming the existence of enemy reconnaissance.”

    Yes, they really think this way.

    And New York doesn’t remotely see the most heinous stuff. Hercules teams aren’t knocking down doors in the middle of the night in response to reports of weed on a dude’s porch.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berwyn_Heights_drug_raid

  • zach

    Cochon: to this naive reader this seems the EXACT definition of unintentional vehicular manslaughter: He killed, with his vehicle, by accident, with no intent, and without particular recklessness. This is the reason there is a crime with this name. The punishment should be much lower than with any form of murder, and even lower than with “reckless manslaughter” but there should be some kind of trial and punishment. No criminal trial, there should at least be a civil trial? In my mind he should have his license suspended indefinitely, do some community service, maybe short jail time, but at the very very least he should have to pay her family some token for their loss.

    At the very very very least he should have his license suspended for a month to give him time to consider. Less than this is, well, criminal.

  • zach

    A person gets “struck by a car” but somehow they never say that a person got “shot by a gun.” Can you imagine: “A 20 year old was shot by a glock last night. He was dead on arrival. The person holding the gun was… The gun seems to have gone off when the holder of the gun was looking for his cellphone. No charges were filed.”

  • Zach, you forgot, “The gun owner had a valid permit and stayed at the scene, and police say that no criminality was involved.”

  • And, “The victim was not wearing a bullet-proof vest.”

  • Eileen

    I dunno…I’m thinking now that, since it seems to be the car’s fault, maybe it’s the car that should be imprisoned, like in an impound lot. Clearly it’s been a bad influence on the driver.

    And the pedestrian who was shot by the gun should also be faulted for leaving home in the first place.