Council Pulls Anti-Safety Cab Bill After Streetsblog Expose

Ruben Diaz Sr. abruptly pulled his own bill. Photo: NYC Council

The co-author of a bill that would have gutted a key program that takes dangerous cab drivers off the road abruptly pulled his proposal from consideration hours after Streetsblog exposed the lawmaker's plan.

Council Member Ruben Diaz Sr. angrily accused unnamed council staffers of working behind his back over the weekend to undermine the intent of his original bill, Intro 1249, which proposed to eliminate the Critical Driver Program, which allows the TLC to suspend the license of drivers who rack up six or more summons points within 15 months and revoke the license of drivers who get more than 10 such points in the same period.

Monday’s Headlines: Sometimes We Visit Stationhouses Edition

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The day after we reported that a cop from the 88th Precinct pushed a cyclist for no apparent reason, we paid a visit to the Classon Avenue stationhouse in Clinton Hill to speak to Capt. Lashonda Dyce. She wasn’t there and hasn’t gotten back to us yet. When she does, we’ll fill you in on why one of her officers allegedly did that.

Meanwhile, here’s the rest of the news:

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer did a “Schumer Sunday” on the MTA’s plans to delay a safety improvement. (NYDN, NY Post)
  • The Times has still not covered the Citi Bike expansion story, but it did find room for a story on Lyft’s forthcoming IPO.
  • An FDNY lieutenant. A car. Booze. Do the math. (NYDN)
  • The Riders Alliance got some good ink with its Sunday “hike” through Bay Ridge to protest against an MTA fare hike. (NY Post)
  • Did you know the city Department of Finance hired someone to help people fight parking tickets? That’s OK because neither did he. Click for one of the weirdest bureaucratic stories you’ll ever read. (NY Post)
  • In case you missed it, reporter Jose Martinez got down into the unused portion of the Second Avenue subway and offered some nice footage. (NY1)
  • And, finally, Bike Snob played assignment editor by posting a picture of a student driver blocking the bike lane. An enterprising young reporter might consider doing a story about how badly most drivers are taught in this city.

Friday’s Headlines: Victory on Morris Park Avenue Edition

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SB Donation NYC header 2We’re just so excited that Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Transportation will defy a Bronx community board and redesign dangerous Morris Park Avenue (and, on the record, happy that we played a small role in making it happen).

So it reminds us anew that the little yellow logo to the left is our plea for donations to keep the non-profit team at Streetsblog fighting the livable streets battle for another year. We do it for all of us, but can’t do it without you, so we hope you’ll find some change in the couch cushions and click the icon above.

And now, the news:

  • A drunken cop ran over a cyclist on the East Side. The cyclist will be fine. The cop’s career? Let’s hope it’s in critical condition. (NYDN, NY Post)
  • The Daily News also followed yesterday’s stories about a cop who parked in the Jay Street bike lane, which led to an injury to a cyclist. The same cop later pushed another cyclist, though City Hall isn’t talking about that. (NYDN)
  • Some people are calling the city’s relationship with Citi Bike/Lyft an “insider deal.” (Clean Technica)
  • This great MTA video shows just how easy it is to jump the turnstile — and how everyone does it! Under. Over. Frontwards. Backwards. This is must-see TV. (Gothamist)
  • Thank goodness we have Gridlock Sam to remind us about Santa Con this Saturday. (NYDN)
  • Curbed’s Karrie Jacobs walked to LaGuardia Airport.
  • Politico’s Dana Rubinstein examines whether Andrew StatusCuomo opposes the fare hike — and what his appointees on the MTA board will do about it. (Politico)
  • Supporters of congestion pricing added another argument to the mix: Charging drivers to enter the central business district will save lives. (amNY)
  • Yes! We got Pete Tomlin to fix our subway signals! (NY Post) No, seriously, this guy is supposed to be the best. (amNY)
  • If you have four hours, feel free to watch Thursday night’s anti-Amazon CB2 Queens meeting — and watch at the end how anti-safety, pro-car activists try to co-opt the Amazon debate into yet another attempt to blame every bad thing on the Sunnyside bike lanes. (YouTube)
  • Weeds for Rails? Really? So we’re doing this, huh? OK, let the debate begin. (NY Post, amNY)
  • The city is tweaking its car-share parking on the Upper West Side as part of its ongoing pilot program. (Upper West Side Rag)

Have a great weekend…and give from the heart.

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