Today’s Headlines

  • Assembly Dems Rally Round Silver (NYT)
  • You Can’t Vote for Brooklyn’s Next Dem Boss, But You Can Get to Know the Contenders (Bklyn Paper)
  • Samuelsen Airs Conflict With MTA Over One Person Train Operation in HuffPo (via 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Positive Press for Staten Island SBS in the Post
  • DOT to Slim Down Intersection to Prevent Wrong-Way Driving on 39th Street in Sunnyside (QChron)
  • MTA Expands Its Grand Experiment in Subway Litter Prevention (Post, NY1)
  • How “Pacific Street” Got Dropped From Brooklyn’s Biggest Subway Hub (AYR)
  • Bike-Share Is Coming to Bridgeport (MTR)
  • An Economic Theory of Bike Crime (Priceonomics)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    Silver has their back, and they have his back.  I believe the only reason he is the leader is because he is only politically corrupt, selling out the common future and the less powerful to benefit those working the system for benefits today.  Not personally corrupt. Whereas everyone else up there is personally corrupt too, and Silver’s got the dirt on them.

    I recall something Silver and Bruno implies with their comments when the state legislature was under attack for “three men in a room.”  They implied that if we knew what the rest of them were like, we’d be grateful there were only three men in the room.

    NYC Council > NYS Legislature.

    Why?  Term limits.

  • Anonymous

    If NYS dems won’t stand up to Silver now, I suppose they never will.  I’m barfing as I type this.

  • Anonymous
  • Larry Littlefield

    So who would you want to replace Silver?  I dislike him less the more we find out about the fellow legislators he has to deal with.  Talk about a bad deal.

    The political cabal made a big mistake when it designed the new voting system.  Yes, it is very difficult to get on the ballot in New York State, and contested elections are rare.  But under the new system write in votes are easy.  Really easy.  Last time, I think I wrote in Daffy Duck. 

    But anyone can volunteer to be a write-in protest candidate.  You almost certainly won’t win, but perhaps you’ll collect enough write-ins to put the fear of a real job into somebody.  Who knows?  If enough people did it, perhaps the MSM would write about it, thus making it more effective than my weak protest on my way out of public service eight years ago.

  • Bolwerk

    If Paul Ryan gets outed for having some sick sexual fetish, Sheldon Silver really seems like a good candidate to be Romney’s VP.

  • Don’t have to look further than the current Dem District Leader for a suitable replacement…

    http://www.streetsblog.org/2008/04/25/silver-challenger-paul-newell-campaigns-on-livable-streets/

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Don’t have to look further than the current Dem District Leader for a suitable replacement.”

    The Speaker is selected from, and elected by, the existing members of the Assembly.  So think of it as a two step process.  First you have to get rid of all the incumbent state legislators.  Then you can worry about Silver/Skelos.

  • Larry, Fair enough.  But putting a stake through Shelly’s heart might have a beneficial influence on some of the vampires eligible to replace him as Speaker. 

    Or, at least it would feel good!

  • Larry Littlefield

    All these state legislators end up getting replaced, unless they die on the job, due to personal pecadillos.  Or in Silver’s case, it would be other people’s personal pecadillos.

    That doesn’t have the beneficial effect of inducing a change in values on matters of public policy and the integrity of the process that determines it.

    Plus, it doesn’t matter if they’re all guilty.  Kind of like Spitzer going after Bruno on personal matters.

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