If Congestion Pricing Fails, Remember These Insane Comments by Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte

Congestion pricing supporter Senator Brian Benjamin rolls his eyes as his Assembly colleague Rodneyse Bichotte says she opposes the plan because it supposedly is a tax on working people (it's not). Photo: Mayor's office

An Assembly Member from Brooklyn spit out a rambling, fact-averse monologue on Thursday to call attention to her opposition to congestion pricing — and in doing so revealed again how inaccuracies and misguided fealty towards the car-owning minority threaten to sink congestion pricing.

At an otherwise unrelated mayoral press conference, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte grabbed the microphone and lit into the mayor, a congestion pricing supporter, sitting mere feet from her after a reporter asked about the proposal to toll drivers for entering Manhattan's congested central business district, with the revenue set aside to fix the crumbling subway system.

Friday’s Headlines: Bad Day for the Mayor Edition

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Wow, what a bad day the mayor had yesterday. First, he had to ride the subway, where reporters grumbled at his tardiness (NY Post). Then he gets to his own press conference only to have an Assembly Member tell everyone that she opposes congestion pricing plan (which is why the mayor was on the subway in the first place!). Then, reporters asked about his continued investment in a highly subsidized ferry system that carries passengers in the thousands every day, while the subway and bus system carry millions. (NY Post). Scott Stringer is not pleased. (Gothamist) Neither is the NY Post editorial page.

And now the rest of the news on a very slow day:

  • Now the MTA is trying to tell riders to listen to music more softly in their headphones? Is that really a priority, people? (NY Post)
  • The city has finally capitulated and will begin the process of making all curbs accessible to those in wheelchairs. (Gothamist)
  • This is the kind of stuff you hear when you cover a congestion pricing town hall meeting. (The Villager)
  • Bike Snob Eben Weiss makes a good case for not confronting drivers who almost kill you when you’re cycling. It made us almost want to stop confronting drivers who almost kill us when we’re cycling. (Outside)
  • The MTA board got rolled again, as a consultant was picked to oversee the new L-train construction plan. (WSJ)
  • And, finally, oh my god, this is fantastic. (NY Times)

Thursday’s Headlines: We Got ‘Jumped’ On Staten Island Edition


jump bikeThere is no better pedal-assist e-bike than the Jump bikes that are being tested in Staten Island and the Bronx — except when the power cuts out and suddenly you’re at Lily Pond Ave. and McClean Ave. on The Rock and have to wait 20 minutes for an S51 to take you to the ferry because there’s no other dockless bike anywhere nearby.

Yes, we were on Staten Island yesterday (finding more reckless cops). So here’s a reminder: Just because a Jump bike says it has 77 percent power doesn’t mean it’s going to take you up Father Capodanno Boulevard to the ferry. Just sayin’.

And now the news:

  • Hat tip to the Verge for breaking a big story that the Brooklyn Navy Yard is testing driverless shuttles.
  • Why not take a lane from cars to create a summer bike lane over the Verrazzano Bridge? (Gothamist)
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale “Cars Need to Double Park” Brewer will be hosting her public hearing on congestion pricing tonight at Cooper Union.
  • City Comptroller Scott Stringer said no to more of Mayor de Blasio’s ferry follies. (NY Post)
  • Subway lifts are a real letdown. (NYDN)
  • The Times decides that subway lines bearing letters instead of numbers are doing much worse.
  • The fight over the taxi congestion surcharge is headed to Albany. (WSJ)
  • Patch had a nice story about straphangers singing Jackson Five songs during a delay.
  • The Post offered its belated review of the Museum of the City of New York’s “Cycling in the City” exhibit.
  • In case you missed it, the West Side Spirit looks at the danger of left turns. Left unsaid: the danger of cars in general.
  • And, finally, our friends at NY1 sent over the clip of our editor discussing our reckless driving cop series, which we’ve embedded below. Enjoy:

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