Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo: “We Will Lead on Climate Change” and Rethink “Where We Locate Our Infrastructure” (News)
  • Bike-Share Equipment, Stored in Brooklyn Navy Yard, Damaged by Sandy Flood (NYT)
  • Breezy Point’s Bob Turner: “I Don’t Think We Need to Have a Discussion” on Global Warming (Gothamist)
  • Montague Street Tunnel Remains Flooded, Snarling R Train Service (News, NY1)
  • L.I. Hit-and-Run Suspect Fled U.S. After Allegedly Killing 80 Year-Old, Arrested 11 Years Later (Post)
  • Former U.S. DOT Official: Cuomo’s Tappan Zee TIFIA Ask “Quite Ambitious” (PoJo)
  • Parking Came Up at S.I. Wheel Environmental Hearing — Keep It Cheap, Islanders Say (Advance)
  • After Seward Park Opposition, Chinatown Curbside Bus Moves Closer to Pike Street Permit (DNA)
  • Black Cars Continue to Be Problem Around Barclays Center; NYPD Uninterested in Enforcement (AYR)
  • Could Sidewalk Maintenance Be Taken Over by City as Part of Gridlock Sam’s Plan? (Cap’n Transit)

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  • Anonymous

    Cuomo’s piece is written with blinders.  He focuses only on what we can do to deal with future hurricanes, but not what we can do to slow or reverse Climate Change.  Meanwhile, he continues to push for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, which will only increase carbon emissions by inducing even more driving and sprawl.

    Every resident of NYC should call Senator Schumer and Gillibrand and demand that all federal funds and financing should be taken from the TZ Bridge and devoted to safeguarding transit from future storms.

  • fj

    NYC DoT planned to jump start the process of bringing bikeshare to this town by using an outside vendor rather than rolling our own; something that is increasingly questionable.

    Local human capital, intellectual development and social buy-in centered on the rapid development and broad deployment of the world’s first major net zero transit system would likely advance New York’s position as a world-class iconic city.

    How about “Brooklyn Bridge” for this new technology providing the critical path to sustainable civilization?

  • fj

    NYC DoT planned to jump start the process of bringing bikeshare to this town by using an outside vendor rather than rolling our own; something that is increasingly questionable.

    Local human capital, intellectual development and social buy-in centered on the rapid development and broad deployment of the world’s first major net zero transit system would likely advance New York’s position as a world-class iconic city.

    How about “Brooklyn Bridge” for this new technology providing the critical path to sustainable civilization?

  • Guest

    What do you expect from Bob Turner?  Or for anybody who chose to live in Breezy Point, for that matter?

    Climate change deniers often confuse or conflate climate with weather to deny the impact of human activities.  But choosing to establish your permanent residence on that type of barrier island requires a lot of denial about weather too.

  • fj

    David Biello?@dbiello”We will lead on climate change” @NYGovCuomo http://nydn.us/SXSctk took #sandy wake-up shout http://bit.ly/SXShgz & http://bit.ly/Qcqht4

  • Larry Littlefield

    Check out this map.  It colors counties red and blue based on the vote for President, but with the strength of the color adjusted by population density.  Meaning all those Republican voting rural areas are light pink.  The would-be U.S. high speed rail network draws itself, and the Republican opposition to it explains itself.

    http://nyopoliticker.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/purple-electoral-map.jpg

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  • Anonymous

    “we will lead on climate change” once we get done building our massive sprawl-encouraging, transit-hostile bridge, I guess he means.

  • @HamTech87:disqus Exactly correct. Infrastructure preparation for increased tides vastly outweighs the need for a new TZB. 

  • Larry Littlefield

    Here is one you missed.  Daily News makes fun of Park Slope for being upset about the perpetual expansion of alternate side of the street.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/light-plight-park-slope-grieves-loss-alternate-side-parking-article-1.1202234

    The News article is a bit unfair. Now that we don’t travel by horse with the resulting residue, alternate side if the street and street sweeping is an unnecessary revenue raiser most of the time. 

    But it just so happens that the one time it’s really needed is when the leaves fall, so they can be swept up before they end up clogging the sewer.  Which is to say, right now. 

    Now I’ve swept the street and bagged it for my house and one or two over, but the leaves keep moving.  I guess we’ve have to hope they get ground down to leaf dust before they reach the storm sewer, and then get carried away by the next rain.

  • Joe R.

    One reality politicians like Cuomo need to confront regarding climate change is the fact that a vibrant economy is worse. When people have money, they travel (both for business and pleasure), they buy lots of things, they commute to work, in short they do more things which consume energy. Now this wouldn’t matter if energy generation was carbon neutral but for now it isn’t. We might have to dump the notion that we need to aim for full-time employment for every able bodied adult who wants to work, for now at least, perhaps for good. That would simultaneously solve street congestion and transit crowding problems at the same time. On many levels, a society where the majority of adults work part-time or not at all will be a healthier society. You will have downward pressure on prices, which in turn will mean you don’t need to be continuously employed to support yourself. And you’ll have less materialism which has benefits of its own. Those are my thoughts on the subject, anyway.

  • Bolwerk

    Doing the same dumb things we’ve been dumbly doing, except to change where we dumbly do them, isn’t leading on climate change. It’s reacting to it.  Cuomo still won’t address that the TZB has gone from a fairly smart growth project with commuter (and possibly light) rail  to a giveaway for motorists with a vague promise for a chintzy commuter bus that may or may not have a dedicated lane.

    @2555783a6f62598b6aadd2d882a4830f:disqus : I rather suspect there is such a thing as sustainable consumption of fossil fuels, at least what could be considered as such for the time being. What is needed, regardless, is to pare back destructive behavior. Auto miles traveled in the recession has been reduced by a percentage blip, which tells me a much harsher recession would be needed to get the results you’re looking for. The kind of economic growth we should see is the type that keeps paring it back. There is growth potential for walkable/transit-friendly communities, and rock bottom interest rates to finance such things.  Also, freight is a pretty dirty business too emissions-wise, but saner cargo policies aren’t even discussed in the USA.

    As for full employment, I doubt it’s in the cards anyway, but that’s another subject. I would be concerned that recession could have its own environmental problems though, not the least of them being what happens when aging infrastructure needs piecemeal work because we can’t afford to build anew/cleaner.

  • fj

    During WWII cars weren’t manufactured for nearly 3 years, there was essentially full employment and this was the time when the Great Depression was ended; and it may be easy to anticipate that when act on climate change with wartime speed similar benefits will be incurred while we try to save the environment that supports us; which by-the-way is also kind of important.

  • fj

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