Today’s Headlines

  • Under Cuomo’s Proposed Budget, Traffic Offenses Will Cost Drivers More (NYT)
  • Plus: $6B for MTA/Port Authority Sandy Recovery (WNYC) and Shorter DMV Waits (Gothamist)
  • Police Don’t Expect to File Charges After Van Driver Kills 15-Year-Old Girl in Midwood (News, DNA)
  • Driver Critically Injures Woman on Ft. Hamilton Parkway in Dov Hikind’s Turf (DNA)
  • The Annual Number of Subway Deaths Has Held Pretty Steady Since 2001 (CapNY)
  • Imagine If a Spate of Traffic Deaths Made Lawmakers Snap Into Action Like This… (News)
  • Why Does It Cost So Much to Run Yellow Buses? Mob Ties, Corruption, Inefficiency (TransNat)
  • Brooklyn CB 8 Committee Reaffirms Support for Franklin Ave Bike Corral (Patch)
  • Next Month’s TZB Transit Task Force Meeting Will Be Open to the Public (Journal News)
  • David Byrne’s Bike Racks vs. The Public Design Commission: It’s On! (DNA)

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  • moocow

    That’s a great quote from last night Ben K. Thanks for putting it so well.

  • Anonymous

    How’d transit do in the budget? Any sweeps? Did the general fund replacement for the PMT cut come through? Did it increase along with payrolls? 

  • Larry Littlefield

    LIRR workers steal copper.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lirr-men-face-bust-big-copper-caper-article-1.1245454

    “The communications workers stole new and used copper wiring from LIRR job sites and facilities across the region, including the Babylon Yard in West Islip, Long Island, the Morris Park maintenance facility in Jamaica, Queens, and the Atlantic Ave. viaduct in Brooklyn, sources said.”
    You’ll find some workers, or small groups of workers, who are dishonest in any orgainzation.  But this seems to be almost everyone, almost everywhere — like the disability retirement scam.  If this was happened at NYCT, the Post would be screaming about the TWU.  This isn’t a unionized workforce, it’s a mafia.
    It reminds me of the old Board of Education Bureau of Supply in NYC.  When Mayoral control was instituted it was closed down, everyone was fired, and its function was privatized.  (I’ll bet many of the former Bureau of Supply workers in NYC lived on Long Island too.
    As I said, there is a grifter culture out on Long Island that is just killing it by driving everyone else away, at the time that the places is facing other challenges as its housing stock reaches 50 years old, many homeowners age in place, and some of the housing is passed down to those poorer.  It can’t afford this.  And if Long Island goes down, it’s going to hurt the rest of the state — and waste that big East Side Access investment we’re paying for.

  • @LyleLanley:disqus The Gothamist post says there’s “an extra $358 million” for the MTA, which looks like Cuomo is making up for the PMT cut again this year. We’re trying to confirm that. So far it looks like there are no transit sweeps.

  • Jjmacjohnson

    Byrne’s bike racks are bad.

  • Larry Littlefield

    More on Long Island

    http://www.newsday.com/classifieds/real-estate/li-rentals-rise-as-housing-market-sputters-1.4023439

    “Local homeowners and real estate investors are putting more houses up for rent as they wait for a hoped-for rise in sale prices, according to brokers and online real estate listings. In addition, developers are finding it easier to get financing to build apartment buildings than co-ops or condos.”

    “The total number of rental units on Long Island rose by nearly 27 percent from 2008 to 2011, to 187,089, according to census data compiled by the Regional Plan Association, a not-for-profit organization in Manhattan. Craigslist, sublet.com and many local brokers say the supply of rentals has continued to increase strongly this summer.”

    I’ll bet some of these houses are being illegally subdivided, without the higher property taxes an official subdivision would bring, and that lots of the rental income is not reported.  So they don’t want multifamily housing near train stations, but they are getting this.

    It would be a replay of the 1950s and 1960s, when people moved to the suburbs and subdivided the Brooklyn houses they were leaving behind into slum housing. Now I have nothing against two-family homes planned and taxes as such, but you can see where this is leading.  Nowhere good.

  • Anonymous

    @LyleLanley:disqus & @BenFried:disqus Looks like the governor’s budget has $307M to make the MTA whole for the year-ago shrinking of the Payroll Mobility Tax. Go to http://www.scribd.com/doc/121664627/Cuomo-budget-briefing. See p. 74. Other transpo stuff at pp 73-77.

  • Ben Kintisch

    Yes thank you Patch for quoting Ben K. (says me 😉  )
    It was a generally civil meeting but I was kind of struck with just how angry the anti-bike corral people were about “I wasn’t told about this!”
    or…”Did you (Zelda’s coffee) ask the church people?” (implying – you are anti-religion…)
    or….”Did you realize that there are disabled people in this neighborhood?” (implying…if you like the bike corral you are anti-disabled people)
    That’s why I said my comments as I did. I think it would be great for the city to start putting one disabled parking spot per block in commercial strips – those are really the folks who most “need” automobile parking.
    Several other pro-bike corral people made the point that when you have bikes locked to poles, trees, and even handicap ramps, it impedes walking mobility for both disabled people and able-bodied people. A bike corral de-clutters the sidewalk and provides much-needed bike parking.

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