Today’s Headlines

  • Track Fire Wrecks Monday’s Commute, 9 People Injured in the Chaos (NYTNews, AMNYDNA, Post)
  • The Collapse of Transit Is Eroding Cuomo’s Poll Numbers (News)
  • De Blasio Got a Taste of 7 Train Crowding. When Was the Last Time Cuomo Rode? (Gothamist)
  • For Most New Yorkers, Biking Still Doesn’t Feel Like a Safe Alternative to the Subway (MTR)
  • Gateway Chief: Private Finance Won’t Build Trans-Hudson Rail (Crain’s)
  • NYC Democracy: David Greenfield Bequeaths Council Seat to Hand-Picked Successor (Bklyn PaperPost)
  • Driver Critically Injures Man on 11th Avenue By Chelsea Piers; Police Blame Victim (News)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Fractures Skull of Man Crossing Riverside Drive (DNA)
  • Drunk Driver Who Caused Highway Crash That Killed Two Car Passengers Charged With Manslaughter (News)
  • Great Car-Free Prospect Park Segment on NY1

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Vooch

    The NY1 segment on Prospect Park is a checklist of our advocacy. A very good sign we are winning. Worth watching

  • Larry Littlefield

    “NYC Democracy: David Greenfield Bequeaths Council Seat to Hand-Picked Successor.”

    I got a new assembly member appointed the same way last year. The usual play is to run for re-election, then resign and have the successor picked in a special election no one but members of the machine votes in.

    Which reminds me. We have the equivalent of a double blind trial with regard to one thing that I believe helps increase democracy, at least outside Borough Park — term limits.

    We have one set of politicians — the City Council — that has turned over as a result of term limits. And another set of politicians — the state legislature — that has not.

    Which is more representative of today’s people and needs? More responsible about the general interest we all share — the future — rather than short term special interests?
    More or less likely to be corrupt?

    Here’s an indicator. Polls show bicycle transportation and mass transit are popular with the general public. But not nearly as popular with the placard holders of the political class. So which set of politicians has been more responsive, and willing to make tradeoffs to advance them? (Say voting for congestion pricing, allocating street space to Citibike, etc).

  • JudenChino

    City Council is 100x more responsive to local voters (IDC? WTF) but they still suffer from the collective action problem imbedded in the fact that many/most people aren’t able to effectively follow local politics [rational ignorance]. I almost moved to David Greenfield’s district.

  • Larry Littlefield

    That’s why we have representative rather than direct democracy. If people could pay attention once every four years, that’s pretty good.

    Meanwhile, at the state level there is nothing to pay attention to. All the decisions are made in back room deals, and there are no elections. People expect to put in a Governor to fix things by himself, but that doesn’t work. Because by the time of an election for Governor, all the choices are bad.

    Rap Cuomo all you want, he deserves it. But he’ll look a lot better when we see his opponents. As is the case with DeBlasio. But we’ll have a real Mayoral election in four years.

  • JudenChino

    I hate Cuomo. But I’m terrified of him losing to a Carl Paladino.

  • Larry Littlefield

    They got one of those in Illinois to replace their horrible Democratic Governor, to work with their horrible Democratic legislature.

    The result has not been good. It has been horrible.

    And the fiscal disaster now underway in Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, etc. may arrive here in the next couple of years.