The Four Stooges


OK, we have a winner of yesterday’s photo caption contest. Democratic State Senators Hiram Monserrate, Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada, Jr. and Ruben Diaz, Sr. will henceforth be known as "The Fare Hike Four."

While we’re at it, we figure if the State Senate is going to treat New York City’s transit riders like clowns and turn the MTA funding process into a year-long circus, we’re going to need a good graphic to go with the story. So, here’s what Livable Streets Initiative graphic design genius Carly Clark came up with. From left-to-right that’s Monserrate playing the role of the abusive Moe, Kruger as the developmentally-impaired Curly, Espada as Shemp, and Diaz as the bumbling but lovable Larry. 

We’ll have travel mugs and t-shirts printed up soon so you can ride with the Fare Hike Four on your morning commute.

Pedro Espada photo: John DeSio

  • Good job casting the violent one as Moe.

  • Love it.

  • awesome.

    “I don’t care so much what the papers say about me. My constituents don’t know how to read, but they can’t help seeing them damned pictures!”

    –Boss Tweed

    and lets not forget the Grinch Who Stole Transit from a few years back:

  • graham

    Never has an image fit words so well. Thanks, Carly.

    Aaron, I’m expecting a branded travel mug with a matching t-shirt jammed inside of it and a $1,002.50 Metro Card, so I can pay for a single-ride come June.

  • Call me the skunk at the garden party, but I don’t see the value in this kind of frat-party send-up. And, identity politics being what they are, it wouldn’t surprise me if it set off a round of backlash, giving the Fare Hike Four an excuse to keep ducking the issues.

    Were I deep in this fight, I would be seeking ways to put pressure on the FH4 and other legislators. The Transit Riders to Diaz demonstration last Thursday should be replicated in the other three districts. Opposing candidacies for 2010 should be announced. How about actions at City Hall and Sens. Schumer’s and Gillebrand’s offices? Has El Diario called out Monserrate, Espada and Diaz? Doubtless there are other and better ideas.

    Yes, I know this is a blog and not an advocacy outfit. I think this is a cheap shot and a poor tactic.

  • Courtesy of the RPA page linked from this morning, here’s a PDF detailing the transit cuts that would go down in Golden’s district if he lets the Democrats screw things up the way they’ve been doing.

  • I’m going to guess that ridiculously gerrymandered, amorphous pink area is the Senator’s district? I think I’m in it, but it’s not easy to tell. Anyway, it’s encouraging to see that the B1 which blasts past my living room every few minutes seems to be one of the few lines spared from the axe.

  • Wow, I am….speechless….

  • Dave

    #5 Charles Komanoff- I agree that more focused, goal specific advocacy should be part of an overall plan, but I do think this project has merit. I worked with some of the clowns in our state government, and whereas considered legislation is never high on their agenda, they are quite thin skinned and anxious about being taken seriously. Pushing for legislative goals will only get you so far with that group. Pointing out that they are inconsequential boobs might have more of an effect.

  • Dave: “I worked with some of the clowns in our state government … they are quite thin skinned and anxious about being taken seriously.”

    Sold! How much will the T-shirt cost? I might take the coffee mug too. Make sure it’s lead-free glaze.

  • gecko

    The original photo is funnier.


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