Today’s Headlines

  • Schumer’s Convinced He Can Work Out a Big Infrastructure Deal With Trump and GOP (NYT)
  • De Blasio Budget Increases Funding for DOT Street Safety Projects (WNYC)
  • Board Members Demand Answers From MTA About Breakdowns and Delays (News, AMNY, NY1)
  • NYC Will Pay Out $75 Million Because of NYPD’s Penchant for Bogus Criminal Summonses (NYT)
  • TSTC: Better Bus Service to LGA Will Deliver More Bang for the Buck Than Cuomo’s AirTrain
  • De Blasio Calls for Albany to Legalize Design-Build Contracting for NYC (Observer)
  • Drivers Seriously Injure Two Pedestrians in Separate Crashes in Manhattan and Brooklyn (News)
  • Road Rager’s License Suspended After Hitting Boy on Sidewalk (News), Had His Own Kids in Car (Post)
  • Five Years After Sandy Flooding, the “New” South Ferry Station Will Reopen This Summer (NY1)
  • Tony Avella Has Had Enough of These Bioswales (TL)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Larry Littlefield

    Perhaps bicyclists were not particularly targeted for bogus summons after all.

  • bolwerk

    Schumer is quite seriously delusional. He literally believes things about politics that contradict observable reality, always imagining there is some groundswell of sensible Republican support for sensible-ish proposals. He thought during the election that these upstanding moderates would say no to the mendacity of the Trump movement. The Dems didn’t even need to spend resources on keeping Congress because Hil was supposed to have coattails. Oops!

    TSTC groan. More “transit advocates” who never use buses, but think everyone else should whether it makes sense or not? AirTrain is a wasteful idea, in terms of money and riders’ time, but lacking rail access seriously degrades the usefulness of transit to an airport in a city like New York. Ben Kabak had it exactly right. Some spur from the Astoria line is how to do it, and it segues almost perfectly with the needs of the business travelers who use LGA. Why don’t “pro-business” pols get stuff like that?

  • As soon as the Floating Museum of Climate Change opens — probably sometime around 2025 at this rate — guys like Tony Avella belong in its Hall of Shame.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Recall that the N to LaGuardia was not only proposed and approved but also partially funded by the Port Authority. It was defeated by Astoria councilmember Peter Vallone, then speaker, with the money added to the MTA capital plan. Like everything else I and everyone else worked on while I was at City Planning, it came to nothing.
    Well almost everything. The Flushing Line extension got picked up by Giuliani as part of the Jets Stadium plan and then by Bloomberg as part of the Olympic 2016 plan, and was eventually built. Both of those proposals came out of DCP.

  • HamTech87

    What’s next for Avella? Allowing homeowners to opt-out of fire hydrants?

  • bolwerk

    I remember a lot of that. Vallone was a NIMBY. The Flushing Line extension is much less useful too. In the end, Bloomberg (WHO WAS NOT AT ALL CORRUPT DONT EVER THINK THAT!!!!!!111!!!) extended the Flushing Line to please real estate interests.

    If he were interested in the needs of New Yorkers, he might have looked at extending it in the other direction.

  • Simon Phearson

    I wouldn’t put it past him. All that you would need, really, is a bill withdrawing penalties for parking in front of a hydrant. Wouldn’t even need to go as far as to legalize it.

  • gneiss

    This is not surprising. Don’t forget that some of the largest donors to Schumer’s campaign are the very companies who would benefit from an infrastructure plan that would provide them tax breaks for privatizing public utilities. His supporters want the President’s plan.
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  • bolwerk

    Guessing the GOP will play Schumer like a violin.

  • gneiss