Today’s Headlines

  • MTA Board Set to Vote on $3 Fare Next Week (NY1Post)
  • Scientists Are Tracking Sea Level Rise in NYC; The News Is Not Good (NYT)
  • Cuomo Wants Authority to Change State Budget on the Fly (Politico)
  • N Express Tunnel to Be Shut for a Year to Fix Storm Water Damage (Bklyn Paper)
  • Brooklyn CB 2 Committee Endorses Amity Wiggle (Bklyn Paper)
  • NYPD Shamed Into Ticketing Bus Driver Who Ran Over Woman in Crosswalk (Gothamist, Patch)
  • Driver Who Fatally Flung Man From Hood of Car Pleads to Misdemeanor (Advance)
  • An UWS Parking Garage Raised Its Rates and Helen Rosenthal Wants Answers (News)
  • SI: Parents Who Drive Kids to School Knock Other Parents Who Drive Kids to School (Advance)
  • American Heart Association and TA: Getting 14th Street Right Would Boost Biking (Villager)

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  • qrt145

    My reading of the UWS garage story is that Rosenthal isn’t complaining about the rate increase per se, but that the garage chain is falsely blaming it on the NYC minimum wage increase. She wasn’t quoted griping about the situation of “poor drivers”, but rather about bad publicity for the new minimum wage.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking broad new authority to unilaterally hold back promised budget payments if tax money and federal aid don’t materialize as expected.”

    Why is he doing this? The economic data is not looking good, and he knows that the state legislature is not about to approve a budget based on a worst case scenario.

    Wall Street just isn’t being allowed to pillage the way it used to, something I guess NYC “progressives” hope will change under Trump to get more tax revenues rolling in.

    https://larrylittlefield.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/chart-5a.jpg

    And last summer the next class of college grads suddenly didn’t show up in NY and SF. Tired of being ripped off. So there are fewer serfs to hire and tax.

    https://larrylittlefield.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/chart1.jpg

  • Brad Aaron

    I’m skeptical that Rosenthal’s letter was prompted by constituent complaints about bad publicity for the new minimum wage.

  • c2check

    The real crime there is that is costs $70/mo to park a bike!

  • AMH

    I thought this was notable–the New Yorker wrote about infrastructure costs.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/23/where-the-second-avenue-subway-went-wrong

  • Larry Littlefield

    Here in NY, everything costs more and/or requires more people than elsewhere.

    People need to get the idea that being a “progressive” means something different in the state with the highest tax burden in the country than it does in a state with a below average tax burden. And the blame for unmet needs goes elsewhere too.

    And yet it is the low-tax states where the clamor for more tax cuts continues. Meanwhile, in NY the interests that take money out of the government continually “demand” the additional money they are “owed” just for what they are already providing, or less.

  • Simon Phearson

    Hey, bike racks kept in the break room don’t come cheap!

  • Toddster

    In the time of fake news, I’d hope and expect this site, more than others, to recognize the important difference between an editor’s suspicion without facts and proven, verifiable causation.

  • AMH

    The water damage on 4 Av sounds like a case of very poor coordination between DOT, DEP and NYCT–in this case, DOT made changes to the roadbed that affected drainage, which should have triggered storm drain modifications by the DEP to prevent the water overwhelming the subway. The alphabet soup of city/state agencies needs to be blended more smoothly.

    I am (but shouldn’t be) a bit amazed by the skepticism and negative public reaction. The N/R sharing a short section of track will not cause a capacity problem since both trains share tracks elsewhere in the system, and two stations will get a service increase.

  • Vooch

    in 1912 all gov’t ( local, city, county, state, and federal ) cost 7% of GDP.

    today it’s 42%

  • ahwr

    Streetsblog has made it perfectly clear over the years that they editorialize their headlines and plan to continue to do so.

  • ohnonononono

    She’s just protecting the interests of UWS drivers against evil Big Parking Garage!

    I don’t think parking garages are required to publish their budgets publicly, are they? I don’t know that it makes sense to think of the monthly parking fee as being simply the sum of the wages and benefits for the employees. Does Icon rent the garage, have a management agreement with the owner, or do they own it themselves? Do increased wages also increase insurance costs or something else? Does any of this really matter? Don’t they charge whatever the market will bear? Does falsely blaming a rate increase on the minimum wage constitute fraud or something that could put them in court? I’m not sure why Rosenthal is wasting her time on it.

  • qrt145

    Like I said, my reading of the article is that she is worried about bad publicity for the minimum wage increase, which she advocated for. That is, she is concerned about constituent-drivers complaining to her “why did you raise the !@#$%^& minimum wage?! Now I have to pay more for parking!”

    This is politics and has nothing to do with whether the parking garage is required to open its books or is legally liable for misleading its customers about the reasons for the rate increase.

  • ohnonononono

    I like the idea that lots of UWS’ers would be against increasing the minimum wage because they don’t want to pay the employees in the garage where they park their cars any more than the current minimum. Such an enlightened, liberal neighborhood!

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