Today’s Headlines

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  • Larry Littlefield

    You can call the state legislators “do nothings” on the MTA, but the fact is they passed a massive, damaging, hugely unpopular additional dedicated tax for the agency.

    But it isn’t anywhere near enough to make up for what the legislature did for nearly 20 years.

    The Daily News is objecting to tax increases and service cuts? These are going to massive, ongoing and disastrous. There is no action the state legislature can take to avoid them BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY DID BEFORE. By a vote of 212 to 0.

    And it isn’t just the MTA. It’s the roads and bridges, the schools, the parks, the libaries, the state university system, help for the poor and needy. If the police aren’t cut, everything else will end up even worse off.

    And while we have had government of the senior citizens, by the senior citizens and for the senior citizens (and in some cases those overcharging to educate the children and build things), I wouldn’t expect the same deal when you are old yourself unless you are at least 55 right now, and perhaps older.

  • JK

    This will be a real boon for the Big Apple’s sustainable transportation policy:

    “Mayor Bloomberg has reached outside his inner circle to find a new top deputy to run New York, picking former Indianapolis mayor Stephen Goldsmith.”

  • The opening declarative sentence to the section Al Baker’s story in Cityroom on the NYPD’s illegal confiscation of bikes along Houston Street: “President Obama was in town, and a number of bicycles were marring his motorcade route along East Houston Street in Lower Manhattan.”

    That is complete bullshit; bikes were not “marring” anything. Still, I’m grateful for the reporting, and even more grateful to learn that Peter Vallone is pursuing the matter. I think it’s important to get answers on this.

  • vnm

    Larry, Marty Golden voted against those dedicated taxes, as did all Senate Republicans. It was a 32-30 vote. Therefore, he actively thwarted transit funding and is now holding a “town hall.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Larry, Marty Golden voted against those dedicated taxes, as did all Senate Republicans. It was a 32-30 vote. Therefore, he actively thwarted transit funding and is now holding a “town hall.”

    They are playing the irresponsibility game. Funny — when the future was being sold creating plenty of goodies for insiders and nickels to throw at everyone else, the votes were always 62 to 0.

  • Shemp

    JK, how do you figure?

  • JK

    Shemp, re: Goldsmith being a “boon” to NYC green transport, I was being sarcastic and cynical, perhaps unfairly. Goldsmith has written a lot on govt best practices and neighborhood relations. Maybe he will be good. Though I always wonder about the ability of leaders from small cities to fully understand how to scale sustainability initiatives in this very large, very complex city. Not clear how Goldsmith will forge policy consensus between EDC, DCP and DOT. Maybe that’s not his job. I am speculating from the outside and have zero special knowledge.

  • JayinPortland

    Well, how about this?

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-05-02-times-square-car-bomb_N.htm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police found a suspected car bomb in a smoking sport-utility vehicle Saturday evening in Times Square, then cleared the streets of thousands of tourists milling through the landmark district so they could dismantle the device.

    Aww, geez. And it wasn’t even a bike! Imagine that…

    I assume NYPD will now implement a policy of mass destruction / theft of motor vehicles, along the same lines and with the same ‘reasoning’ they used to destroy and steal bikes when President Obama came to the city last week?