Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo’s MTA — Subway Delays More Than Doubled in Five Years (NYT)
  • Governor Wants to Slash State’s Contribution to MTA By $65 Million (News)
  • Vanterpool: NY’s Infrastructure Priorities Are All Out of Whack (Fox5)
  • Uber Lost Market Share in NYC Last Year (Crain’s)
  • Constantinides: “High Time We Take a Hard Look” at Making Steinway Street Safer (TL)
  • Two For-Hire Drivers Injure Eleanor Steuer, 84, at York and 86th; No Charges (Post)
  • Lindenwood Residents Want Bolder Safety Fixes From DOT at Intersection By PS 232 (QChron)
  • 3 Cuomo Appointees to MTA Board Failed to File Required Financial Disclosures (Post)
  • Bronx Parking Preservation Board Hard at Work (BxTimes)
  • People You Share the Road With (Post)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    Gee, you’d think in a booming economy we’d be adding funding other than more borrowing. Stock prices at records. Low unemployment. Jobs now at record levels in much of the country. What’s going on?

    Huge school cuts in booming Oregon.

    http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-pers-pension-system-cost-increases/

    And in booming San Diego.

    http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/education/principal-says-all-vice-principals-in-sd-elementary-schools-will-be-cut-as-budget-shortfall-gets-real/

    http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/government/despite-strong-economy-budgets-breaking-across-san-diego-county/

    A huge shift of costs to the local government level by the state in Connecticut.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/08/did-connecticuts-governor-just-admit-his-state-is-bankrupt/

    And now the MTA. And DeBlasio’s friends are angry he hasn’t been able to do more for the less well off, despite huge increases in “spending.” What is going on?

    It’s simple. The future is a wonderful, pain free cost of resources for the present. Until it becomes the present. And there we are left, by Generation Greed.

  • Guest

    Very clarifying statement about vehicular violence in the Post article at the bottom:
    “I had guns pointed at me when I was in the service, but I never had somebody come at me with a pick-up truck,” he said.

  • bolwerk

    de Blasio’s closest friends are real estate interests and poverty pimps. They’re ideologically opposed to removing the conditions that create poverty. This was obvious before he was elected, if you paid attention.

    In most of the rest of the country, neoliberals don’t even play lip service to trying to fight poverty. “Reform” is finding ways to make government functions profitable (for them). Betsy DeVos is the comical, should-be-a-satire extreme of that ideology, Chris Chrisite is the self-indulgent norm, and Cory Booker and Andy Cuomo are more temperate and less doctrinaire about it.

  • stairbob

    When can NYC taxpayers start withholding NYS taxes? The state is robbing us blind.

  • Joe R.

    Haven’t Democrats in NYC been “poverty pimps” for something like the last 50 years? That makes the strong support they enjoy all the more puzzling to me. If you’re poor you get handouts but the price for those handouts is basically a life of government dependency on a system designed more to employ social service workers than to actually get people out of poverty. If you’re working all you get from the Democrats is higher taxes with nothing of real value to working people for those high taxes.

    In most of the rest of the country, neoliberals don’t even play lip service to trying to fight poverty.

    That’s why NYC needs something in between the Democrats and the Republicans. I don’t mind higher taxes if they for things of real value to me, like better infrastructure or safety net programs really designed to get people out of poverty. However, when the higher taxes just go to support a bunch of government workers who exist solely to keep themselves employed, I’ll pass. That’s why I’ve generally voted Republican, at least until they went off the deep end with the Tea Party. They never made any pretense to fighting poverty or building infrastructure (besides roads) but at least I got something worthwhile to me, namely lower taxes, by voting for them.

    Of course, in the last decade the Republicans lost most of what they once stood for, like fiscal discipline, and sold their souls to big corporations. Nowadays no party is worth voting for.

  • Larry Littlefield

    You didn’t get lower taxes. You got deferred taxes. We’re paying for them now. And that was a part of interparty agreement — more then, less now.

    Back then, when I complained about tax cuts I was a left wing socialist, and when I complained about unfunded spending and breaks and deals I was a debt scold.

    It isn’t the MTA and it isn’t New York. It isn’t even just the government. It’s the whole damn society.

  • djx

    “Both vehicles that struck Steuer stayed at the scene, and neither driver will be charged, police said.”

    Of course they won’t. Wish the papers would just write “Following standard NYPD procedure, the drivers were cleared as quickly as possible.”

  • bolwerk

    I think “strong support” probably exaggerates the position of the Democrats. They are arguably not so well-liked, but they have a monopoly on power. Some of that is because Republikan administrations in Washington are unrepentantly hostile to urban Americans in general and NYC in particular.

    Maybe a little unusually, bucking national tastes, Hillary Clinton was genuinely well-liked in NYC. Not just preferred to Trump, but people actually thought she was a good candidate. Nonetheless, Democrats have lost 5 of the past 6 mayoral elections, and Rudy Giuliani is so incompetent and bar-chewing nuts that you could almost describe him as our Trump.

    Haven’t Democrats in NYC been “poverty pimps” for something like the last 50 years?

    Maybe, but I think until the 1970s or so you had national Democrats who genuinely weren’t.

    NYC may have been ahead of the trend though. Arguably Moses and LaGuardia invented mass poverty pimping. So maybe you can say New York “liberals” have been at it since the 1930s. They were Republicans, but they might have been what would be called a RINO today even then.

  • AMH

    Also: New tech on Verrazano could help draw traffic from Lower Manhattan

    http://www.downtownexpress.com/2017/02/10/detour-from-downtown-new-tech-on-verrazano-could-help-draw-traffic-from-lower-manhattan/

    Let’s hope this happens, and that they slap a toll on the free bridges at the same time.

  • ahwr

    Those huge school cuts in Oregon are based on assumed future investment earnings of 7.5%. It’s been reported that PERS averaged 5.5% the last 10 years.

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