Today’s Headlines

  • Is Labor Losing Its Love For Congestion Pricing? (Daily Politics)
  • 80 State Legislators Onboard to Block MTA Fare Hike (News)
  • Silent on Pricing, Schumer Goes Postal Over 117 Truck Trips (Post)
  • Red Hook Subway Station Will Be Closed for 9 Months (News)
  • The Time for Residential Parking Permits is Now (NYT Letters)
  • Road Rage Victim is Buried. NYPD Shooter Still Free (Post)
  • Climate Change Makes Weather Channel Interesting (Thomas Friedman)
  • "Humanity’s Very Survival" is at Risk, Says UN (London Times)
  • Inhofe Delivers 2-Hour Climate Change Denial Rant (Senate.gov)
  • Tackling Climate Change With Land Use (SF Chron)
  • Survey Reveals Americans Prefer Transit Development (Planetizen)
  • Auto Industry: Go Green Someday. For Now, Go Fast (NYT Autos)
  • Hilary

    I’m not surprised that construction workers didn’t show for the hearings. First, there’s so much development work now that anyone who has time to attend a meeting must not know how to hold a paintbrush. Second, the construction workers flooding my lower Manhattan neighborhood seem to come from NJ and upstate west of Hudson, and drive in very early. The Bronx projects going on now show the pitiful hiring of local residents, despite promises during negotiations. Finally, construction workers turn out in force to support big construction projects. If they were coming out for CP, it would make me very nervous that the camera infrastructure that is being kept a secret is expected to be BIG, and/or the “upgrading” of the free by-passes (our waterfront parkways) is expected to involve the usual expressway-style modifications. So lack of construction labor support for CP is not a bad sign, in my book.

  • Wols

    This comment above is both politically nuts (keep labor out of an issue the State Assembly is holding a sword over) and perhaps a new high on the Streetsblog-commenter paranoia meter (secret camera program representing huge capital investment).

  • Larry Littlefield

    The “save the fare” movement is a fraud.

    Over a five year 2005-2009 MTA Capital plan, the MTA will borrow $12.5 billion for ongoing normal replacement. NOT new investments like East Side Access and the Second Avenue Subway. Similar debts are being loaded on the road system. Massive future revenues have been pledge to pay off those debts, and will not be available for anything else.

    That is what this g-g-generation of pols has done to us. And then the bastards say they are heroes by pledging a few hundred million to stave off a fare increase by a few months (until they all cash in and move to Florida?)

    They want someone to ask for money? I ask for $3 billion per year for the MTA, and more for other transportation priorities, so ongoing normal replacement can continue and no additional debt need be incurred. With not one cent coming out of the city schools, or additional taxes on younger generations.

  • Hilary

    Wols – I did not say “labor.” I specifically said “construction workers.” Their appearance on behalf of a project is a pretty good indicator of a big construction project. As for the secrecy of the infrastructure — have you seen any pictures of it? I’m not the only inquiring mind who would like to know. Members of the commission (supporters of CP!)are waiting for it to be revealed.
    Dismissing questions like this as taboo will turn CP-supporters like myself into silence.

  • kma

    Hearings are supposed to be for the public to be able to express their point of view; that is, NYC residents not outsiders like most of the trades people. Did you know that most of the trades people who attend hearings to bully the public (such as those orchestrated by the Bloomberg administration to attend the Filtration and Yankee Stadium hearings) are getting paid in either time or other ways? If the issues were so clear that the public would support it, none of these theatricals would be needed.

    There are other ways to solve problems that should be expressed. Why is the Mayor afraid of an EIS looking at all sides?

  • Jason A

    I like how Friedman freely jets from coast-to-coast and golfs in October but never thinks to question how his own energy intensive habits might be contributing to global warming…

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    For the record the Operating Engineers did stay for the meeting and spoke positively. The Building Trades are very concerned about the steady erosion of their work to off-the-books labor. So should we all be. It is one thing to have to compete with non-union workers but off-the-books is too much for anyone. They are upset that Bloomberg has done nothing to mitigate that problem. As to them all living in the suburbs, not entirely true of course, nonetheless, who can afford to live here? And of all the drivers swamping our streets, craftsmen carrying their tools to the job are probably pretty high on the list of deserving drivers.

    The Operating Engineers have a lot to gain from the MTA capital plan, so do we all, and the Painters (Kittles crew) should gain from congestion pricing in general. After all it was Koch who refused to paint the bridges because he had other places to spend the money after his attempt to toll the bridges fell through. He famously proclaimed subsequently “bridges don’t vote”. Thats where we are now, whether bridges can vote or not. If Bloomberg would have let the people vote on the “free” character of the bridges during his campaign we would probably be there by now instead of pissing off the representatives we now call on to by-pass the people’s vote.

    It won’t surprise me if in the end the Assembly and the City Council punts the whole issue to a referendum during the Weiner Mayoral campaign. That would be a good show. Kind of like in Sweden when they kept congestion pricing but threw out the government that had brought it forth.

  • Zabs

    Despite the verbiage in your link, two of the NY Times letters oppose residential permits and two support.