Today’s Headlines

  • There’s a Special Election in Harlem Today and Your Vote Could Go a Long Way (Post)
  • Transit Advocates Push Back Against Cuomo’s $65 Million MTA Funding Cut (D&C)
  • NJ Lawmakers Anxious to Get Moving on New Port Authority Bus Terminal (Politico)
  • De Blasio Teases Plan to Address Congestion in State of the City Address (NYT)
  • Missing Piece in $2 Billion GWB Rehab: Enough Space for Biking and Walking (Crain’s)
  • The Medallion Industry Sounds Increasingly Desperate (Post)
  • Because of ICE Raids, People Are Afraid to Walk the Streets in Port Richmond (Advance)
  • More Coverage of Yesterday’s Action for Discount MetroCards (AMNY, DNA, Post, NY1)
  • School Bus Driver Jumps Curb on UES, Injuring 4 Doe Fund Workers; No Charges (Post)
  • The 168th Street Subway Station Is Still in Disgraceful Shape (DNA)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Maggie

    I wonder what the subway looked like for Cuomo and the MTA leadership when they most recently rode it for anything other than a photo op or a catered cocktail reception.

  • bolwerk

    That bus terminal article is funny. Apparently de Blasio is Cuomo’s sock puppet:

    [NJ Senator Bob] Gordon, a Bergen County Democrat who chairs the powerful Legislative Oversight Committee, said he thought Cuomo was behind the letters and that the governor was motivated by his desire to ensure his own pet projects receive enough funding.

    Then there’s the obvious, reported several paragraphs down:

    Cuomo’s chief of staff, Melissa DeRosa, tweeted last week that the idea
    of de Blasio and Cuomo working together made little sense. The two have a
    famously chilly relationship.

    But then there’s actually the chilling part:

    The 10-year capital plan includes $3.5 billion for the bus terminal — far less than what will be needed to complete the project.

    Wondering if Santiago Calatrava is the puppeteer here. :-O

  • Komanoff

    I’m surprised there weren’t more bravo’s for Lisa Guerrero’s “Inside Edition” report (listed in yesterday’s headlines) on NYPD (and Philly PD) covering their license plates to avoid photo tolls and other detection.

    I just watched it (http://www.insideedition.com/investigative/21559-investigation-finds-police-personnel-in-2-states-cover-their-license-plates-are-they-trying-to) and was stunned by her bravery and sangfroid in getting in these guys’ faces to report the story. It was gutsy and smart.

    And then to read, in Brad’s interview w/ IE producer Joe Enoch, that Enoch bike-commutes? Incredible. Give the two of them a medal!

  • Larry Littlefield

    Really.

    What do we need most from our police. Integrity. They need to have more of that than anyone else. They don’t have to be geniuses, or great athletes. They need to be the people with the most integrity.

    I wonder what the take on this is over at Thee Rant.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Nothing about that. But there is this.

    “DeBlasswhole Ya Better Read This For It Is Coming To NYC- Judge orders Ohio village to pay back $3 million to lead-footed drivers”

    Article cited:

    “Speed cameras became a cash cow for the small village of New Miami, Ohio.”

    “The town, with a population of about 2,200, collected over $3 million in revenue from heavy-footed motorists after it installed stand-alone speed cameras along one of its major throughways, US 127. The speed cameras in New Miami, which is less than one square mile, automatically fined motorists $95 if they drove faster than 50 miles per hour.”

    “It proved to be a lucrative venture for the village just 35 miles north of Cincinnati. Flush with cash, it raised its annual budget from roughly $1.5 million to $2.5 million in 2013.”

    “New Miami has just over 2,000 residents, but red light cameras brought in huge revenues. (Google Street View)”

    A local neighborhood street in a small town.

    “But now, the Village of New Miami must pay back every cent of the $3 million it collected from the speed cameras, which were ruled ‘unconstitutional’ in 2014 when drivers filed a class-action lawsuit against the village.”

    “An Ohio judge ruled in favor of drivers, who claimed they were unfairly ticketed.”

    “Any collection or retention of the monies collected under the ordinance was wrongful,” Butler County Ohio Judge Michael Oster wrote in his decision last week.

  • BubbaJoe123

    Good for Streetsblog for correcting the Post’s headline. It’s the medallion industry that’s in trouble, not the taxi industry. Let the value of medallions go to zero. Yeah, it’ll bankrupt the current fleet owners, but so long as taxi revenues remain above vehicle costs, taxis will be fine and remain on the streets. People who engaged in speculative investments assuming they’d maintain a monopoly that allowed them to exploit both drivers and passengers? Not so much.

  • bolwerk

    The cretins who use Thee Rant talk about things that would be crimes if you or I did them.

    Luckily the agency responsible for oversight of these people can conduct a thorough investigation of its employees and clear them of any wrongdoings.

  • Joe R.

    +1000 to that! Medallions were always a license, not an investment. The fact a few people horded medallions so they would rise in value doesn’t imply these people need or deserve a bailout. Same thing with the banks which loaned them money using the medallions as collateral. NYC should treat these people the same as any other person who invests in speculative commodities. If they lose money, it’s their problem, not the city’s. The old adage never invest more than you can afford to lose is particularly apt here.

  • AMH

    Maybe this sounds trivial, but I’m really frosted that they’re ripping the beautiful brick out of the arch ceiling at 168th and replacing it with faux crap. Obviously it’s important that passengers not be hit by falling brick, but where was SHPO on that one? And why are elevators not being replaced as part of the whole renovation?

  • Guest

    The… well… whatever they are over on Thee Rant had plenty to say:
    http://theerant.yuku.com/topic/89926/Resourceful-NYPD-cops-using-ethically-flexible-illegal

  • Larry Littlefield

    I see.

    (Resourceful) NYPD cops are using (ethically flexible) illegal license plate covers to (challenge) thwart traffic cameras

    Nothing like people who are paid out of the government who object to putting money in that the rest of us have to to tell you where you stand, fesso.

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/furbos-and-fessos/

  • JamesR

    SHPO may have an advisory voice at the table, but IIRC, city and state owned property get a pass on any binding preservation requirements due to sovereign immunity.

  • Kevin Love