Ask Governor Paterson About Transit and Livable Streets

New York Governor David Paterson is going to field questions this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on WCBS radio (880 on your AM dial). Got a question for the gov about MTA finances, congestion pricing, or livable streets? Submit it here.

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Paterson: “We’re Taking a Look” at Pricing

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David Paterson held his first press conference as governor-in-waiting this afternoon, holding forth to a Red Room described by Elizabeth Benjamin of the Daily News as "more crowded than I have ever seen it in the almost 10 years I’ve been covering Albany." Self-deprecating and genuinely funny, Paterson fielded questions on the budget, campaign finance […]

Hayley and Diego’s Law Might Be Enacted By Friday

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer at a rally for Hayley and Diego’s Law last month. Photo: Noah Kazis The only thing that can prevent the adoption of New York state’s first "vulnerable users law" is Governor Paterson’s veto pen. Hayley and Diego’s Law, named in memory of two pre-schoolers killed by a van left idling […]

Paterson Backs Pricing, Introduces Bill in Albany

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David Paterson is going to do right by his old State Senate district after all. New York’s new governor settled any doubts about his position on congestion pricing this afternoon, introducing a bill that follows the recommendations of the Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission. The Daily Politics has the scoop: "Congestion pricing addresses two urgent concerns […]

Sustainable Streets Take a Hit in Bloomberg Budget Plan [Updated]

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Mayor Bloomberg released his budget proposal yesterday and, with a $4.93 billion deficit to deal with, there’s not much good news. Scanning the many gap-closing measures proposed for the Department of Transportation [start on page E-57 of this PDF], there are at least two significant developments for livable streets and sustainable transport — one bad […]

This Week in Livable Streets Events

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The main event for the week has to be the Bicycle Film Festival, which starts Wednesday. But there’s plenty more happening on the Streetsblog Calendar. Here’s a sampling. Monday: Five Borough Bicycle Club June Meeting: Nassau County Prosecutor’s DWI Crackdown. In light of the interest in holding drivers accountable for their actions, tonight’s 5BBC general […]

Don’t Keep Transit Riders in the Dark, Governor

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MTA CEO Lee Sander, MTA Board Chair Dale Hemmerdinger, and Governor Paterson at a March press conference. Heading into the weekend, Governor Paterson is still keeping a tight lid on exactly how he plans to handle the MTA’s huge funding shortfall. Lately, Paterson has taken to joking about this crisis by saying that "light bends […]