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Wednesday’s Headlines: Juneteenth Edition

We're off for the holiday, but we still have a slate of news for you!

National Green Groups Condemn Hochul’s Congestion Pricing ‘Pause’

Had New York engaged congestion pricing, the state would have "played a nation-leading role." Alas.

Someday, You May be Able to Activate Open Streets with Fewer City Hurdles

It could get easier and cheaper to organize hopscotch or hula hoop on open streets.

Pols Let Suffolk Co. Red Light Cams Expire, Inviting Deadlier Streets

Long Islanders should be red hot mad that streets are about to become less safe.

MTA Halts Work On Second Avenue Subway After Hochul’s Congestion Pricing ‘Pause’

Gridlock Gov. Hochul has joined the history books as the next governor to stop work on the Second Avenue subway.

Elmhurst’s ‘Little Thailand’ Gets Open Street Redesign

An already popular open street will be converted to one-way — with the space used to bolster the many restaurants nearby.

Prior congestion pricing news

‘Irresponsible, Destructive’: Hochul’s Congestion Pricing Flip Harms Working New Yorkers, Ritchie Torres Says

"The delay of congestion pricing is not only bad morals and bad economics, it's bad politics," Torres told Streetsblog.

Hochul’s Congestion Pricing Reversal Won’t Win Democrats Any Votes in November

Hochul left billions of dollars and massive drop in congestion on the table with no guarantee of quieting congestion toll opponents ahead of November's election, according to political insiders.

Feds: Congestion Pricing Will Be Better Than We Even Thought … And the Pressure is Now on Hochul

The FHWA affirmed the tolls won't have an adverse impact on the environment — kicking it to Gov. Hochul to determine what happens next.

INSIDE THE MTA: Hochul’s Congestion Pricing U-Turn Leaves Transit Agency ‘Dejected,’ ‘Shellshocked’

“It’s fucked up what she’s doing to New Yorkers," remarked one MTA employee. But the problem is deeper than just anger.

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Investigations

City Hall Functionary is Quietly Interfering with Critical Street Safety Initiatives: Sources

"He only was going to raise the concerns that you’re going to hear from car drivers," one official said. "He’s never been on the pro-pedestrianization, pro-bike-lane side.”

GHOST TAGS: Inside NYC’s Black Market for Temporary License Plates

Read all three parts of Jesse Coburn's award-winning investigation.

‘A Very Dangerous Job’: Dozens of NYC School Crossing Guards Injured by Drivers Since 2012, Records Show

As thousands of guards returned to street corners across the city last week for the reopening of public schools, records obtained by Streetsblog reveal the dangers that guards face on the job.

You — Yes You — Can Help Connect Grand Army Plaza To Prospect Park

The city is considering expanding the plaza on the north tip of Prospect Park to connect to Grand Army Plaza.

Thursday’s Headlines: The Law Won Edition

Brad Lander and Co. are on the case. Plus other news.

Biden Administration to Let Hochul Dictate Congestion Pricing Next Steps, FHWA Says

President Biden may be providing legal cover for Gov. Hochul to avoid a lawsuit over her decision to scrub congestion pricing.

Opinion: Let’s Keep the Focus on the ‘Congestion’ Part of Congestion Pricing

Congestion is universally hated, yet it keeps rising because city officials refuse to pursue strategies to disincentivize car ownership.

Wednesday’s Headlines: Now Come the Lawsuits Edition

Comptroller Brad Lander and a band of legal eagles will announce a lawsuit today to save congestion pricing. Plus other news (including Joey Chestnut!).

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Congestion Pricing

Queens Residents Rally Against Hochul’s Congestion Pricing Flip Flop 

Protesters in Queens scoffed at Hochul’s claims that congestion pricing would hurt working class New Yorkers and businesses.

Hochul’s Congestion Pricing ‘Pause’ Lets Drivers Off the Hook and Riders Holding the Bag

Hochul's decision not to toll disproportionately wealthy drivers means fare hikes and service cuts for disproportionately working class subway and bus riders.

Komanoff: Actually, Small Businesses Stand to Benefit from Congestion Pricing

There may be no more pernicious fabulation than that small businesses in the congestion zone will suffer when fewer motorists drive in. Let's debunk.