Today’s Headlines

  • Bklyn Paper, Gothamist, City Room, Voice Cover NYPD’s Bungled Investigation of Mathieu Lefevre’s Death
  • Times Transpo Beat: That Darned Subway Opossum!
  • VMT Fees? We’ll See What the Supreme Court Has to Say About That… (NYT)
  • MTA to Roll Out Real-Time Bus Tracking in the Bronx and a Borough-to-Be-Named-Later in 2012 (DNA)
  • So Far, So Good for MTA’s Experiment in Intensive Overnight Maintenance on Weekdays (NY1)
  • Ten Hurt in Park Avenue Cab Crash, Seven Injured in Eastern Parkway Wreck on Sunday (DNA 1, 2)
  • How the Shrinking Transit Tax Benefit Costs Commuters in the NYC Region (MTR)
  • Bloomberg Handicaps the 2013 Mayoral Race: “Very Hard to See a Republican Coming Along” (Post)
  • Semi-Truck Driver Rams Highway Overpass, Injures Two Bridge Inspectors (Post)
  • The Flash Gets Schooled on Induced Demand (Planetizen)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • They filed photos of Lefevre’s relatives? Creepy to the extreme. 

  • m to the i

    This is just more proof that the NYPD is biased against cyclists. We cannot allow the NYPD to perform anymore investigations of incidents involving cyclists. We need special investigators who are impartial.

  • Subscriber

    Grynbuam has been scooped by Gothamist? Oh well, at least we can find out what happened to the possum!

  • dporpentine

    The New York Times comments on that City Room story are a mixed bag, but this one is just appalling:
    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/23/bicyclists-family-criticizes-police-handling-of-fatal-accident/?comments#permid=4

    the police are correct : the bicyclist is equally to blame in this sad affair.

    if one chooses to ride a bicycle on a public fareway in a densly
    populated and high traffic area, then one must take extra precautions:
    drive slowly, lights, helmet, avoid busy intersections, etc. Passing on
    the right-side of a moving truck in an intersection does not qualify
    for “cautious behavior”.

    so sad: a no win situation. lets not forget the poor truck driver, how do you think he feels about this?

    Really: someone actually wrote “lets not forget the poor truck driver.” A real human being. Someone who’s gone to the trouble of making an NYT profile for himself. He wrote that.

  • Activists in New York are going to have to confront the creep factor at play here.

    If the NYPD is willing to get that creepy towards Erika Lefebre,  they’re almost certain to get this kind of creepy towards any other critic.  Are your photos on file ?

  • Arthur Dullsberger

    When does Grynbaum get transferred over to Arts & Leisure?

  • fj

    ” A Cinematic Love Letter to Riding a Bike Through Mexico City – The Atlantic http://bit.ly/zRAVla

    http://www.sakegroup.com/

  • Bolwerk

    If Bloomberg would actually take on the grotesque police state that NYPD has initiated, I’d be eager for him to run again.  A Demokrat at least has a chance of pulling the plug on some of the NYPD’s more outrageous behavior, but I don’t see one stopping the anti-bike thuggery or focusing resources on automobile scofflaws. And if the Cuomo-Weiner contingent of right-wing Dems is any harbinger of things to come, transit is the first to get chopped in the name of supposed “fiscal discipline” – and they don’t seem to care one iota that the NYPD has turned unconstitutional surveillance and illegal frisking of blacks and Muslims into a routine.

  • Andrew

    From Google Maps it looks like Mesarole ends at Morgan Ave. For this accident to have taken place as described in the police report would require the truck driver to have turned right into the dead-end parking area fronting Newtown creek.

  • carma

    @3a9cb377ae68ba7b489d30e5eb859747:disqus 
    Please stop with the democrat and republican thing.  labeling cuomo as a right wing dem is just so wrong just b/c you may not like his stance on the tappanzee br.
    since when was it expected for dems to stop the nypd w/ the frisking of blacks or muslims.  does it matter if it was a republican who held these policies?

    btw:  bloomberg would be a horrible choice regardless of what party he stood for.  why? b/c he undermines democracy.  The people voted for term limits.  Just b/c he has the authority to rule the city council to overturn that vote undermines the principle of too much power.  heh, i voted for the guy the 1st two terms, but never for a 3rd.  term limits for ALL.

  • smyrna

    From the article on the success of the weekday shutdowns:

    “The agency says cramming the work into a short period of time saved about $600,000.”

    And here, ladies and getlemen, is the crux of the matter: the weekday shutdowns are a stealth service cut masquerading as an improvement.  You may remember that the MTA earlier admitted that the weeknight shutodwns would not obviate the need for regular weekend work.  They’ve basically started shutting down the subway at 10pm on weekdays in some of the densest neighborhoods in the United States to save money.

  • What Carma said. Bloomberg fully supports and stands behind police brutality; even I knew of Guantanamo by the Hudson, and at the time I lived in fuckin’ Singapore.

  • Ian Turner

    smyrna: I think they’re talking about savings from performing work more efficiently, as opposed to savings from not running trains. A lot of this work was being done without stopping service, having people work for 10 minutes, then move out of the way for the train, then back to work. It seems intuitively obvious to me that working throughout the night without stopping would be far more productive.Given that the MTA is running additional service on alternate lines, I think it’s hard to argue that this is about saving money by cutting service.

  • Andrew

    @37d148a195791fc842b731db7c9af6f3:disqus The early shutdowns are only a few nights per year on a few lines with nearby alternatives.

    The savings is in the cost of doing maintenance, not the cost of running service.  The train crews scheduled to operate trains overnight are still paid to operate those trains.

    As @7c177865bd107a919938355fe93de93a:disqus says, most of the work that was done was maintenance work that’s typically done between trains.  Not only is doing maintenance between trains inefficient, it also slows down train service, as trains have to creep through the work areas to avoid hitting workers.

  • Bolwerk

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus : Just where the hell did I relate Cuomo to the bridge? Okay, I don’t like Cuomo’s right-wing stances on the bridge or transit in general, but I really don’t like his right-wing crime-and-punishment stances.  And he has at least subtly shown something of a contempt for information freedom too,  though I really don’t care enough to get into that. He’s a right-winger. He may not be a right-winger with no empathy for other people, like Paladino, but he is a right-winger.

    And to respond to your response to the other thing I didn’t say: I never said I liked Bloomberg, trust him, or anything else of the sort. I actually find him downright odious and I completely agree he undermines democracy. I guess maybe I wasn’t too clear when I said I’d be eager for him to run again if he didn’t support a police state, but I pretty much said something akin to I would consider Bloomberg the lesser evil if…. Much as I don’t like Bloombergocracy, the Demokratic political machine also undermines democracy, and brings us such lovelies as Vacca, Weiner, Liu, and…well, goodness, Silver is one of the better ones and look how awful he is. And I think you’re right, sadly; a Dem won’t do jack to reverse the excesses of the Giuliani era because the vast majority of Dems either agree with those policies or don’t care.  I pretty much expressed as much too (cf, “A Demokrat at least has a chance of…” – fair enough, it might be a chance in hell).

    Anyway, feel free to disagree with me, but do read for comprehension. And one thing where I do disagree with you: I’m not fan of term limits.  I’d prefer voters to impose term limits – or, in extreme cases, actively kill and eat their elected officials – and the way to do that is not to limit voters’ rights to elect who they might want. Rather, it is to get rid of the system where elected officials pick their voters.

    @05aff3c0a7c94529dc138ce87543764a:disqus : Carma wasn’t the one who chided Bloomberg on police brutality. That was me. I’m not clear what carma means when he said

    since when was it expected for dems to stop the nypd w/ the frisking of blacks or muslims. does it matter if it was a republican who held these policies?”

    But it sounds dismissive of the problem, if anything.

    @37d148a195791fc842b731db7c9af6f3:disqus : I think you’re being a little drastic. They’re shutting down and doing work that needs to be done at some point.  Whether it’s all done at once or little by little over time, at greater expense with more sporadic interruptions, it does need to be done.

  • carma

    Bolwerk

    The whole point is not to label a person as either “right-wing” or “left-wing”.  With that kind of thinking, no politician will be able to get anything done.  One has to be neutral to cater to all parties.  I give Bloomberg credit for trying to be neutral, but i also dismiss his back-breaking tactics of buying his third term.

    As a democrat and republican as my political party, i can tell you both parties STINK.  dont get me wrong, there are some good politicians.  paladino was just crazy.  but silver is probably the worst stinker of em all.  notice in all his election wins, he goes uncontested.  you wonder why!

  • carma

    Bolwerk

    The whole point is not to label a person as either “right-wing” or “left-wing”.  With that kind of thinking, no politician will be able to get anything done.  One has to be neutral to cater to all parties.  I give Bloomberg credit for trying to be neutral, but i also dismiss his back-breaking tactics of buying his third term.

    As a democrat and republican as my political party, i can tell you both parties STINK.  dont get me wrong, there are some good politicians.  paladino was just crazy.  but silver is probably the worst stinker of em all.  notice in all his election wins, he goes uncontested.  you wonder why!

  • Bolwerk

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus : That’s stupid. Our ability to assess situations depends on our ability to categorize (“label”). Measuring how authoritarian (roughly, right-wing) a pol happens to be is a perfectly legitimate category to consider when analyzing your political options. It has nothing to do per se with partisanship, but ignoring that factor seems to keep setting some of the less authoritarian, yet more woefully naive, Democrats up for surprise when the officials they help elect act more traditionally Republican than the Republikans are allowed to nowadays.  Clinton and Obama are two recent examples.

    Silver is a POS, but he’s hardly unique in his ability to get reelected without meaningful opposition.  There is an illusion that elections have meaningful outcomes in the state senate because the margin with small enough that a 3-4% shift (that’s about 2-3 senators) can change which party is in charge. In the Assembly, not to mention the NYC City Council, no such illusion should even exist. Term limits are a politically safe alternative to actual representative democracy because they allow the small-R republicans (called Democrats) to keep control of most institutions without partisan opposition, while guaranteeing some still highly gerrymandered turnover.

  • Bolwerk

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus : That’s stupid. Our ability to assess situations depends on our ability to categorize (“label”). Measuring how authoritarian (roughly, right-wing) a pol happens to be is a perfectly legitimate category to consider when analyzing your political options. It has nothing to do per se with partisanship, but ignoring that factor seems to keep setting some of the less authoritarian, yet more woefully naive, Democrats up for surprise when the officials they help elect act more traditionally Republican than the Republikans are allowed to nowadays.  Clinton and Obama are two recent examples.

    Silver is a POS, but he’s hardly unique in his ability to get reelected without meaningful opposition.  There is an illusion that elections have meaningful outcomes in the state senate because the margin with small enough that a 3-4% shift (that’s about 2-3 senators) can change which party is in charge. In the Assembly, not to mention the NYC City Council, no such illusion should even exist. Term limits are a politically safe alternative to actual representative democracy because they allow the small-R republicans (called Democrats) to keep control of most institutions without partisan opposition, while guaranteeing some still highly gerrymandered turnover.

  • carma

    @3a9cb377ae68ba7b489d30e5eb859747:disqus 

    Fine, if you would like to keep on the rhetoric of right/left wing politics.  Thats your suit.  I sense you are a strong liberal.  But the truth is that these partisan politics has caused nothing but bickering and has NOT been productive for america as a whole.  Take the joke of congress we currently have.  Are the republicans any better than the dems. NO.  absolutely not.  Nobody wants to work with each other.

    Also, by grouping clinton and obama into the same category is grossly misleading. they are very different leaders.  clinton was MUCH more moderate and actually compromised with the republicans after his thrashing in the midyear elections.  i guess under your assumption, that makes him a bad democrat b/c he sided with certain republicans.

    Obama, has NOT worked with any republicans despite of his promise to break across party lines.  when obama lost the house to the repubs, he did NOT compromise w/ the repubs.

    at least we agree that Silver is a POS.

  • carma

    @3a9cb377ae68ba7b489d30e5eb859747:disqus 

    Fine, if you would like to keep on the rhetoric of right/left wing politics.  Thats your suit.  I sense you are a strong liberal.  But the truth is that these partisan politics has caused nothing but bickering and has NOT been productive for america as a whole.  Take the joke of congress we currently have.  Are the republicans any better than the dems. NO.  absolutely not.  Nobody wants to work with each other.

    Also, by grouping clinton and obama into the same category is grossly misleading. they are very different leaders.  clinton was MUCH more moderate and actually compromised with the republicans after his thrashing in the midyear elections.  i guess under your assumption, that makes him a bad democrat b/c he sided with certain republicans.

    Obama, has NOT worked with any republicans despite of his promise to break across party lines.  when obama lost the house to the repubs, he did NOT compromise w/ the repubs.

    at least we agree that Silver is a POS.

  • Bolwerk

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus: whether you agree that Cuomo is a right-winger or not, left-wing/right-wing is only casually related to partisanship. It has more to do with ideology. That Cuomo would probably be at home in the New York GOP if he weren’t the scion of a Democratic governor is kind of an oddity, but I really don’t find it very pertinent here.  His ideology is pertinent though, regardless of his party affiliation.

    I sense you are a strong liberal.

    All this crap about labels, and you’re the one getting hung up on them. Anyway, most liberals would probably not agree, and I don’t either. But then, I don’t know what you mean by “liberal,” I’m sorry to say. I don’t see what so-called liberals have to do with liberalism or so-called conservatives have to do with conservatism. Like the word “moderate,” these are just misleading buzzwords that get repeated in the media echochamber to confuse the politically illiterate.  Or encourage cryto-fascists to do stuff like this.

    “Right-wing” is at least a meaningfully descriptive term regarding general support for authority and hierarchy.  I agree it’s not a perfect term, but it’s better than any alternatives I can think of, which are either over-specific, partisan, or diluted by propaganda.

    Also, by grouping clinton and obama into the same category is
    grossly misleading. they are very different leaders.

     

    They are ideologically similar.  I agree the outcomes of their dealmaking are different, and Clinton probably was better at it.  But then, politics were less fact-free back when Clinton was around, so he may have had more to work with.

    clinton was MUCH
    more moderate and actually compromised with the republicans after his
    thrashing in the midyear elections.

    This comment is kind of disingenuous, and definitely misleading.  Whether or not one was to the right of the other, they are both pretty solidly right-wing politicians who don’t have vastly different views on most subjects. If Obama is less moderate, he’s less moderate in the direction you don’t seem to expect. Obama is the one defending draconian policies from the Bush era. However, it’s difficult to draw comparisons because these things weren’t issues back when Clinton was POTUS. If anything, I could say they are both to the right of Bush on domestic policies other than abortion.

    You’re probably going to confuse this with favoritism towards the Dems, but the fact of the matter is that Obama has tried to work with the Republikans, and much of his legislation has been watered down from the beginning because of it.  It is, in fact, the Republikans who refuse to work with Obama. They don’t recognize the legitimacy of Obama or any other non-Republikan, and the Dems are too stupid to realize that.

    I think it’s odd that Obama has an ideology that approximates the “moderate Republicans” of yesteryear, but it would be favorable to me and most Americans if Obama did his damndest not to work with the Republikans.

    Obama, has NOT worked with any republicans despite of his promise to
    break across party lines.  when obama lost the house to the repubs, he
    did NOT compromise w/ the repubs.

    Well, if that were true, it would be good. Sadly, it’s not true.  But as far as I’m concerned, the worst deals that happen are the so-called “bipartisan” ones.  When the GOP and Dems work together, the only thing that can result is oppressive legislation like SOPA. Perhaps in the 1990s such dealings might have resulted in balanced budgets, but given the quantitative illiteracy and general inanity of the likes of the so-called Tea Party, that is quite unlikely these days.

    Take the joke of congress we currently have.  Are the republicans any
    better than the dems. NO.  absolutely not.  Nobody wants to work with
    each other.

    They shouldn’t have to.  If the electoral system were anything approaching sane, there would be choices besides the Republikrats. Even if you agree with one party or the other in principle, there is no alternative to vote for if they become stale and/or ineffective.

  • Bolwerk

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus: whether you agree that Cuomo is a right-winger or not, left-wing/right-wing is only casually related to partisanship. It has more to do with ideology. That Cuomo would probably be at home in the New York GOP if he weren’t the scion of a Democratic governor is kind of an oddity, but I really don’t find it very pertinent here.  His ideology is pertinent though, regardless of his party affiliation.

    I sense you are a strong liberal.

    All this crap about labels, and you’re the one getting hung up on them. Anyway, most liberals would probably not agree, and I don’t either. But then, I don’t know what you mean by “liberal,” I’m sorry to say. I don’t see what so-called liberals have to do with liberalism or so-called conservatives have to do with conservatism. Like the word “moderate,” these are just misleading buzzwords that get repeated in the media echochamber to confuse the politically illiterate.  Or encourage cryto-fascists to do stuff like this.

    “Right-wing” is at least a meaningfully descriptive term regarding general support for authority and hierarchy.  I agree it’s not a perfect term, but it’s better than any alternatives I can think of, which are either over-specific, partisan, or diluted by propaganda.

    Also, by grouping clinton and obama into the same category is
    grossly misleading. they are very different leaders.

     

    They are ideologically similar.  I agree the outcomes of their dealmaking are different, and Clinton probably was better at it.  But then, politics were less fact-free back when Clinton was around, so he may have had more to work with.

    clinton was MUCH
    more moderate and actually compromised with the republicans after his
    thrashing in the midyear elections.

    This comment is kind of disingenuous, and definitely misleading.  Whether or not one was to the right of the other, they are both pretty solidly right-wing politicians who don’t have vastly different views on most subjects. If Obama is less moderate, he’s less moderate in the direction you don’t seem to expect. Obama is the one defending draconian policies from the Bush era. However, it’s difficult to draw comparisons because these things weren’t issues back when Clinton was POTUS. If anything, I could say they are both to the right of Bush on domestic policies other than abortion.

    You’re probably going to confuse this with favoritism towards the Dems, but the fact of the matter is that Obama has tried to work with the Republikans, and much of his legislation has been watered down from the beginning because of it.  It is, in fact, the Republikans who refuse to work with Obama. They don’t recognize the legitimacy of Obama or any other non-Republikan, and the Dems are too stupid to realize that.

    I think it’s odd that Obama has an ideology that approximates the “moderate Republicans” of yesteryear, but it would be favorable to me and most Americans if Obama did his damndest not to work with the Republikans.

    Obama, has NOT worked with any republicans despite of his promise to
    break across party lines.  when obama lost the house to the repubs, he
    did NOT compromise w/ the repubs.

    Well, if that were true, it would be good. Sadly, it’s not true.  But as far as I’m concerned, the worst deals that happen are the so-called “bipartisan” ones.  When the GOP and Dems work together, the only thing that can result is oppressive legislation like SOPA. Perhaps in the 1990s such dealings might have resulted in balanced budgets, but given the quantitative illiteracy and general inanity of the likes of the so-called Tea Party, that is quite unlikely these days.

    Take the joke of congress we currently have.  Are the republicans any
    better than the dems. NO.  absolutely not.  Nobody wants to work with
    each other.

    They shouldn’t have to.  If the electoral system were anything approaching sane, there would be choices besides the Republikrats. Even if you agree with one party or the other in principle, there is no alternative to vote for if they become stale and/or ineffective.

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