Meet the New Boss

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Multiple sources say that Mayor Bloomberg has chosen Urbitran Chairman and CEO Michael Horodniceanu as New York City’s next transportation commissioner. Iris Weinshall’s last day on the job will be Friday, April 13. No word yet on when the official announcement will be.

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NYC DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall Resigns

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Commissioner Iris Weinshall is leaving New York City’s Department of Transportation for a job as Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management at the City University of New York. The Department of Transportation press office says that Weinshall will stay on for another ten weeks. Her last day on the job will be Friday, […]

Who Will be the Next DOT Commissioner?

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People are starting to kick around the names of potential successors to outgoing DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall. This morning, Crain’s Insider reports: Insiders believe that Mayor Mike Bloomberg will look inside his administration for Iris Weinshall’s replacement as transportation commissioner. But because Bloomberg will be out in 2009, top transportation people may favor state jobs: […]

Doctoroff: Congestion is a Major Problem. Time to Act.

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Situated between Midtown and the West Side Highway with Lincoln Tunnel and Port Authority traffic running through it constantly, Hell’s Kitchen may very well be the New York City neighborhood most antagonized by motor vehicles. It is no surprise that the area has spawned one of the most active and articulate community groups in the city on […]

Ground Control for Commissioner Tom

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New York City Department of Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden speaking at today’s event in Central Park announcing a major new bicycle safety initiative. Behind him, from left to right, are Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall, and NYPD Chief of Transportation Michael Scagnelli. No Mayor Bloomberg but, hey, three commissioners and a police […]

Help Wanted at DOT: Creative Thinkers Encouraged to Apply

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Chairman of the City Council Transportation Committee, John C. Liu, praised outgoing DOT commissioner Iris Weinshall and called for an innovative thinker as her successor. You’ve already weighed in on what you’d like to see in the next DOT commissioner. Now members of the City Council and Transportation Alternatives have weighed in too, with a press conference […]

NYC Gets its First Pedestrian Countdown Timer

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Yesterday, the Department of Transportation installed New York City’s very first pedestrian countdown timer at the intersection of Coney Island Avenue and Kings Highway in Brooklyn. Gothamist, as usual, does a nice treatment of the story and roundup of the coverage. The thing I found most interesting about yesterday’s news was the fact that Mayor […]