Queens CB 2’s “Safety Workshop” for 43rd and Skillman Was a Pointless Gripefest. Mission Accomplished.

An extremely productive session advancing the cause of public safety. Photo: David Meyer

Last night's Community Board 2 "safety workshop" lived down to expectations. It was a disorganized mess that continued to sap momentum from DOT's plan for protected bike lanes on 43rd and Skillman avenues, which the city first presented seven months ago.

With Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer failing to support the project (despite calling for DOT to act after driver struck and killed cyclist Gelacio Reyes on 43rd Avenue last year), CB 2 Chair Denise Keehan-Smith has been overseeing an increasingly farcical public process consisting of one delay tactic after another.

Today’s Headlines

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  • MTA Chair Lhota Justifies Conflicts of Interest By Claiming He’s Not Actually an MTA Official (NYT)
  • Previewing Andy Byford’s Upcoming Transit Overhaul Plan (Patch, News)
  • NYC Transit Adding Service on A, D, E, F, and Seven Queens Bus Routes (AMNY, WNYCQNS)
  • Phil Murphy Moves to Revive Two-Headed Port Authority Executive Structure (Politico)
  • MTA Expected to Slash Fares for LIRR Trips Between Atlantic Terminal and Brooklyn and Queens (AMNY)
  • Also Coming to LIRR: New Switches, Cleaner Trains and Platforms (Post)
  • Two Off-Duty NYPD Cops Die in Speeding One-Car Crash in Ulster County (News, Post)
  • As Part of BQE Rehab, DOT May Stitch Van Voorhees Park Back Together (Bklyner)
  • Daneek Miller Wants to Extend TLC Regulation to Cover Large Commuter Vans (TL)
  • Tales of the Placard Class (Post)

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Today’s Headlines

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  • Driver Kills Carlos Gavilanes, 47, on Northern Boulevard in East Elmhurst; No Charges (WPIX)
  • 12 Electeds Beseech de Blasio for 24/7 Bus Lanes During L Shutdown (News)
  • The Case for Fair Fares From a Working Mom Living in NYC’s Shelter System (News)
  • Four Years Into Vision Zero, NYPD Cyclist Harassment Continues Unabated (News)
  • DOT Will Unveil 9th Street Redesign in June (Bklyn Paper)
  • Northern Boulevard Intersection Where Driver Killed Giovanni Ampuero Gets an LPI (QChron)
  • DOT Won’t Turn on Transit Signal Priority for Woodhaven Blvd Until Late 2019 (QChron)
  • Q&A With TransitCenter About the Campaign for an Accessible Subway System (Vice)
  • Why B82 Riders Need Bus Lanes on Kings Highway (Bklyner)
  • Cuomo Deputies: Amtrak Jumping the Gun on Penn Station Concourse Redevelopment (Politico, AMNY)
  • Jeff Klein’s Taxpayer-Funded Taurus Signals Loss of Status in the Albany Placard Class (News)

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Today’s Headlines

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  • Cuomo Hasn’t Ridden the Subway Since His 2016 Second Avenue Junket (Gothamist)
  • L Shutdown: More From Voice, Gothamist on Alarming J/M/Z News
  • DOT Not Excited About Bulking Up Grand Street Bike Lanes (BK Paper)
  • TransitCenter: “Fare Capping” Would Eliminate Many MetroCard Hassles (Crain’s)
  • Why Change the Henhouse Locks When the Fox Is the Locksmith (News)
  • Stellar WPIX Report on the Need for Automated Speed Enforcement
  • 2 Dead, Dozens Hurt in School Bus/Dump Truck Collision in Mount Olive, NJ (WNYCNYT)
  • Riverdale Sidewalk Crash That Could Easily Have Taken Life and Limb: All in Good Fun (Press)
  • Design Firm Proposes Car-Free Floating Bridge for Newtown Creek (6SqFt)
  • You’ll Have to Wait to Bike and Walk Across the New Goethals Bridge (NY1)
  • Someone in Rudy Giuliani’s SUV Doored a Pedicab Driver in Midtown (TPM)

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