Today’s Headlines

  • Cement Truck Driver Kills Woman in College Point; No Charges Filed (Times Ledger)
  • Helen Rosenthal: De Blasio Considering Making Central Park’s West Drive Permanently Car-Free (DNA)
  • More on Cuomo’s MTA Funding Lie: Gothamist, AMNY, Daily News
  • Uber Tried to Get Cuomo to Exempt Its Drivers From All TLC Regulations (Politico)
  • De Blasio Takes a Beating From Upstate Nitwits at Albany Budget Hearing (NYT, Politico)
  • Citi Bike Resumes “Limited Service” Today (DNA)
  • Vanderbilt: NYC’s Piecemeal Snow Removal Protocol Is Outdated and Unsafe (NYT)
  • Mayor’s Memo to Council Details Horse Carriage Plan, Highlights Pedicab Summonses (Politico)
  • Head of NY State Police Voids Ticket of NYPD Cop Who Injured Trooper on Thruway (Post)
  • College Students Struggling With Transit Fares Should Lobby Cuomo, Not the MTA (News)
  • This Advance Headline Says It All

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Guest

    “Duffy also said D’Amico did not talk about the ticket with anyone at the NYPD”

    Sure… but did anybody at the PBA talk to him? So tired of the law enforcement corruption in this region! We’ll never have VisionZero so long as cops are allowed to play demolition derby on our roads with absolute immunity!

  • Guest

    Couldn’t they bother to do a little journalism here???
    “Upon reviewing the facts of the case…” So what facts DID he review?

    Suspicion: he looked at the fact the perp was a police officer. Second suspicion: a full review of the facts would show the perp was vastly exceeding the speed limit.

  • Reader

    City hall cites NYPD pedicab summons/moving violations to justify taking 200 jobs away, but we all know that many of those summons are for BS offenses like rolling through an empty red light in the park. Pedicabs are hardly a threat to life and limb.

    We also know that many of the cabs that are allowed to stay in the park speed and probably have stacks of moving violations.

    Unfortunately, the pedicab owners didn’t donate big bucks to the mayor.


  • Alexander Vucelic

    hilarious video in the SI Advance article. money quote at end ‘If you cann’t hold your Parking spot, what’s this World coming to ?”

  • bolwerk

    It’s too bad the national Democrats are so inept (much like local Democrats). If you want to demonstrate what kind of vampires Republikans truly are, you only need to point to how they behave in NYS toward NYC.

  • Mike

    Perhaps you are unaware of the party affiliation of our Governor.

  • bolwerk

    Perhaps I am one of the few who is, though to be fair it is not always so clear.

  • BBnet3000

    I get rather turned off by obnoxious partisan misspellings.

  • djx

    From the NY Times article on snow (non)removal:

    “When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a “travel ban,” many New Yorkers might have been temporarily puzzled: Does that mean I can’t go down to the corner for a bagel?”

    I see the same issue even in alerts from the city/NYPD about traffic closures for big events, such as the UN General Assembly each fall: they’ll often say a street is closed but don’t specify what that actually means. Is it closed to motor vehicles, or to all vehicular traffic (including bikes) or completely closed to all users.

  • AMH

    I thought this was a great editorial, and I am continually astounded by comments like “it snows, get over it”. Many people are missing the point that the problem is not snow, but what we do with snow. Daylighting intersections was a great proposition, and piling snow in the middle of large intersections, creating temporary roundabouts, could be another. It’s amazing how light traffic still is, even several days after the snow, so I’ve mourned its melting.

  • “It snows, get over it” never applies to drivers.

  • WalkingNPR

    I also want to slap all those commenters snidely recommending boots. Because that really helps people with mobility limitations or the elderly who might have balance or vision issues get over the slush lakes or navigate the fun mid-block crossing required when the sidewalk clearing suddenly stops.

    Hey drivers, next time it snows, I got one word for you: snow chains.

  • reasonableexplanation

    Snow chains are illegal to use in the city, and in most places in this part of the country, actually.

  • reasonableexplanation

    Per the Uber article:

    NY is actually unique in how it handles Ubers; here an Uber has to have basically the same license as a regular car service, so regular folks can’t really drive for uber in their free time, as is the case almost everywhere else.

    Because of this, Uber here costs about the same as yellow cab, instead of far cheaper, like everywhere else. Leaving aside whether or not this is good policy for NYC, I think Uber’s email was an attempt to carve out an exception to this rule for the rest of NY state (upstate, long island, etc.) Seems reasonable to me, no?

  • Tyler

    There’s something in between proper/thorough snow removal they have
    in Montreal and the mess we have here — The DSNY plows simply need to
    try a little harder/do better. After all, they stopped collecting
    garbage on Thursday. Not having time can’t possibly be an excuse. ($50
    million?! They’re not collecting garbage, but snow removal still costs
    extra?! WHAT?! Or did Saturday and Sunday alone magically cost $50

    Why don’t they make a pass by the corners, instead of
    just pushing snow into them? Why do they neglect curbsides, especially
    near bus stops, rather than just racing down the middle of the street?
    These are all things fully accessible to the vehicles we already have.
    We’re not talking about “detail” work that requires smaller equipment or
    shovels. We’re talking about doing something other than plowing the
    middle of the road.

    This is a management problem. The workers
    will do what they are asked. But they’re being asked to do the wrong
    things. (e.g, Did my secondary residential street really need to be
    salted at least 3 times during a 12 hour period last night? But the plow
    on the front of the truck was never engaged to push any snow/slush from
    corners or fire hydrants.)

  • Tyler

    (btw, the above is a repost of a comment I made on my neighborhood blog. The $50 million is a estimate of how much snow removal for this storm might cost based on previous figures from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office.)

  • Joe R.

    Since when? They actually told you to use chains back when I was a kid. I assumed that people who don’t use chains now are just breaking the law. Chains are a great thing in this kind of weather because they force drivers to keep to about 20 mph or less. Why would they make them illegal? And how else can vehicles maintain traction?

  • reasonableexplanation

    So I tried googling around, and it seems like they’re only legal if a snow emergency is in effect, so only during a snowstorm (during a likely travel ban, like this past storm), not after. So they’re only really legal if you’re allowed to be out during a snow emergency; e.g. ambulance, doctor, etc.

    As for maintaining traction; all season tires are okay, and dedicated winter tires (which I personally use) are almost as good as chains on anything short of skating rink ice.

    And chains are illegal because they destroy the roads.

  • We get by just fine with snow tires and proper road maintenance up here. The reason they’re banned generally is they cause accelerated wear on the road surface. But the point remains, we would never accept these conditions for drivers, so recommending “boots” for pedestrians is the height of arrogance.

  • Whether or not they’re legal wasn’t the point of WalkingNPR’s comment. It’s that no one tells a driver who’s snowed in, “Hey, deal with it!” In fact, that driver typically gets interviewed on the 11 o’clock news and his street is used by a local politician as an example of the mayor’s incompetence.

  • AMH

    I had no idea, but that makes sense. Buses and DSNY vehicles use chains but they are the only ones supposed to be out in all weather.

  • Joe R.

    Well, you’ll get some idiots who’ll put them on after the first snow and leave them on until spring because they’re too lazy to take them off. I suppose that’s why they would be made illegal except during snow emergencies.

  • bolwerk

    It’s not partisan. It improves clarity. The republican party confusingly changed its name from “Republicans” to “Democrats,” so the anti-republican party cannot be called “Republicans” without generating further confusion.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Rode in from Windsor Terrace to Midtown. A little rough in spots but OK.

  • Flakker

    1. Paid Uber propagandist spotted.
    2. That’s not what the email is about. The original documents and article make that clear. This would be statewide.
    3. The only statewide driver license that taxi drivers need in NY is a class E, which essentially imposes the points limitation and expiration date (5 years instead of 8 for a class D) of a CDL on a normal driver license, for a nominal fee. NJ and CT, at least, have equivalent licenses that are cross-honored, at least by the NYC TLC.
    4. This proposal explicitly allows out-of state vehicles and licenses for this purpose. That would allow cross-border drivers, of course. Less charitably, that would certainly be used to accelerate the widespread Florida license plate fraud, which NYC would, frankly, deserve, given the total lack of interest in punishing the fraudsters we already have- cf the story about the DWI guy arrested for driving in blizzard on Monday, but not charged for fake plates.

  • Flakker

    “I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a car and a couple of matches. Hmmm? You know… You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan”. But when I say that one little parking spot was never yours to begin with, well then everyone loses their minds!”

  • Joe R.

    The comments there were just hilarious. Especially someone talking about having four cars but only room for two in his driveway (obvious solution is to get rid of two of the cars).

    Not that I agree these people have a claim on a spot they shoveled but I’m surprised nobody thought of the obvious answer if someone takes “their” spot, namely bury the offending vehicle. I did that once a few years ago. Obviously I have no car and couldn’t care less who does what with the spots on the street. The problem was I asked some jerk who insisted on coming out and starting his car every 30 minutes, then letting it run 10 or 15 minutes, to please not do it, at least until I finished shoveling. He was stinking up the whole fucking block. I even told him it wasn’t necessary to do stuff like that with modern cars. My plea fell on deaf ears. Turns out the jerk wasn’t even driving that day. The car was in the same spot that night, with no tire tracks to indicate it moved at all. I dutifully piled as much snow as I could around his carefully shoveled out car. It was a pleasure watching him the next morning from my window spending two hours digging it out. I never saw him or his car again. Apparently he didn’t even live on the block but parked there because it was the only spot he found.

  • reasonableexplanation

    1. Really dude? Get real.
    2. I was under the impression that the goal was just to expand it to upstate (As per the article), which makes sense, Although I also support making it apply to the city as well, but I understand the opposition to that.
    3. Are you sure? Going to the Uber site, and trying to sign up to be a driver, I get the following message:
    “To drive a commercial vehicle in NYC (whether with Uber or with anyone else) you need a TLC license, a TLC-licensed vehicle, and commercial insurance.” There’s no separate site for NY state.
    4. Eh, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cab (car service, gypsy, Uber, or otherwise) with non-NY/NJ plates. I was under the impression that this is more of a private vehicle registration problem, not so much a commercial problem.

  • Flakker

    2. Read it again, that’s not what the article says.
    3. That’s the point, no statewide law blocks Uber. Follow the TLC process and you’ll see that a class E or CDL or class-E equivalent license from NJ or CT is required. I’ve been through the process myself. That is the sole statewide requirement for a driver now.

    They’re trying to undermine local regulations. I don’t know what the regulations are elsewhere in the state, but I assume they vary.
    4. Again, that’s the point. I will concede I have not seen a gypsy cab with obviously fraudulent plates. Opening up Uber to everyone will make it more likely. That’s not Uber’s fault, as I say, but I doubt they have scruples about it.