Today’s Headlines

  • Cy Vance Won’t Charge Former Top Cop Howard Safir for Leaving the Scene (News, City Room)
  • Post Pins Blame for MTA Budget Woes on "Bean Counters," Not Legislators
  • Use Stim Funds to Pay for Transit Service? MTA Still Opposed Despite Horrific Deficit… (NY1)
  • …And Even Though Stim Cash for Mega-Projects Isn’t Creating Many Jobs (SAS)
  • New Coalition Tells Congress to Increase Federal Support for Transit Service (MTR)
  • Boston, Minneapolis Set to Launch Bike-Share Systems in a Few Months (NPR)
  • Bloomberg Equates Carrying a Gun With Driving — If You’re Drunk (Bronx News)
  • State Controller Auditing MTA Overtime Pay (News)
  • Winner of NYC BigApps Competition Lets You Find Nearest Subway on Your Mobile Phone (News)
  • Prius Owners Shell-Shocked By Safety Flaws… Imagine If They Heard Transit Is Safer, Greener (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • J. Mork

    Would it be mean to say “oh, well, maybe in 34 more years Manhattan will get a D.A. that’s tough on vehicular violence”?

    Also, the award-winning app tells you where the subway stations are? Doesn’t Google maps already do that?

  • Larry Littlefield

    In two years, Russianoff will be complaining that the MTA is wasting money on maintenance.

  • So Vance won’t charge Safir, but wil he charge the guy who killed Hayley Ng and Diego Martinez?

    I think Morgenthau left office with that case still “under investigation,” at least officially.

    Most of you don’t need to be reminded, but I’m talking about the guy who killed two toddlers by hopping out of his running, moving van on a city street. In a year, Morgenthau and NYPD couldn’t find any criminality in that.

    Vance, in person, heard Aaron Naparstek describe the deadly event at the DA candidates debate last year.

    Does anyone here know whether Vance has made any moves on that case? Or is it time to forward the messages we sent to Morgenthau to the new DA?

  • I think anyone angry about Safir getting off should spare Vance their angry letters about that (a successful prosecution was unlikely for several reasons, albeit outrageous ones), and instead remind of him of the Hayley and Diego homicides:
    http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/03/09/victims-families-to-morgenthau-prosecute-driver-for-deadly-negligence/

    Sorry for the rabid double commenting, but not very.

  • alex

    I agree with ddartley that the DA is limited to enforcing the existing laws (a different question than whether we like the law) and VTL Section 600(2) “Leaving the scene of an incident without reporting” specifically requires as an element of the offense personal injury and I believe that while the car did make contact with the woman, she did not ultimately suffer any injuries. I think the focus should be looking forward and seeing whether the office supports important legislation like Hayley and Diego’s law, speed cameras, and suspend license reform as well as other public demonstrations to the community that the office will treat vehicular crimes seriously. Part of that, of course, is also pressing the NYPD to be a full partner on the issue.