Today’s Headlines

  • Redistricting Deal Would Entrench New York’s Non-Competitive Elections for Years (News)
  • Lincoln Center Blows Off Mounting Pedestrian Injuries on Nearby Streets (DNA)
  • Roger Toussaint, Who Led 2005 Transit Strike, Attacks John Samuelsen’s Bargaining Tactics (WSJ)
  • NYPD to Set Up Four Traffic Checkpoints Around Re-opened WTC Site (DNA)
  • Advocates to Legislature: Budget for Transit on the Tappan Zee (MTR)
  • Bklyn Paper Picks Up NYPD’s Victim-Blaming Justification for Not Charging Hit-and-Run Killer
  • Brownstoner Reporters Constantly Hear Developers Say Parking Minimums Are a Pain
  • Brooklyn CB 1 Picks a Fight Against Sidewalk Seating (Bklyn Paper)
  • Are the Screws Tightening on the Last Member of the Fare Hike Four? (Daily Politics)
  • Infrastructure Porn From the Second Avenue Subway Tunnel (2nd Ave Sagas)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    Hey Toussant, where’s 20/50?  That’s what you promised to get elected.  And that’s what you went on strike for.

    Meanwhile, the lack of competitive elections is only 10% due to gerrymandering.  
    It is mostly due to the lack of competitive elections in one party districts, the lack of people involved in party politics other that self-dealing careerists, and election laws to keep independent candidates off the ballot on Election Day, when everyone shows up.  That and the fact that the MSM only covers incumbents, not challengers.
     
    I didn’t to “Grow Up To Be A Politician” but I managed to get on the ballot and run anyway, because someone had to and I wanted the “I did what I could” excuse during the institutional collapse.  If anyone else is concerned about where things are going (or angry about where things have gone), I suggest doing likewise.  Voting is not enough, because in the end by the time you vote it’s too late.
     

  • Larry Littlefield

    Targeting the young a bad strategy for consumer goods companies, because they are broke.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-14/gap-targeting-broke-young-hipsters-seen-as-flawed-plan-retail.html

    “Weighed down by higher-than-average unemployment, student- loan debt and concerns that the economy will continue to struggle, Americans 18 to 34 years old are increasingly reluctant to shop, according to researcher WSL Strategic Retail.”
     
    “Almost a quarter of 18- to 34-year-olds don’t make enough money to cover basic needs such as rent, car payments and food, WSL said. These shoppers don’t have much to spend and seek promotions instead of desirable brands.”
     
    American business will have to get used to the consequences of having impoverished the next generations.  So will those seeking to sell homes, or stocks to pay for their retirement.  Meanwhile, aside from seeking to suck even more out of them while doing less for them, what are the public policy implications?  Keep all the old-age benefits those 55 and over have promised themselves, but take them away from those 54 and younger because they have “time to adjust?”
     
    Perhaps the bike companies can launch a “if you are poor and don’t want to get poorer, buy a bike not a car” campaign.  They can’t afford cars.  The pols are taking away their transit.  The “public school” money is going to retroactively enriched pensions.  I say don’t buy a car, don’t buy a house unless the price is so low it makes the seller cry.

  • moocow

    I think the Brooklyn Paper is really best used as birdcage liner than as something to read, but I don’t see how they took NYPD’s blame the victim excuse. The moronic commenters below the story though….

  • Bolwerk

    Diaz founded the CCBA in 1977 and at least a portion of the money
    Gardner stole came from $495,000 in grants steered to the agency by the
    senator, according to Schneiderman. The grants were to fund educational
    and recreational programs.

    In an ethical deliberative body, steering funds from the state to an organization you have a personal stake in would be, uh, not kosher.

  • Bolwerk, yes, but it says in the next paragraph that Diaz “no longer has an official role in the agency.” I don’t think it’s fair to ding a politician who directs money to an agency in his district that does good work, even if she or he had previously been associated with that agency.

  • Bolwerk

    @jrab:disqus : he did have a role.  That’s enough to make any steering of state money towards it, by Diaz, compromised.  He should recuse himself from voting for bills that even mention an organization he has or had ties to. If it’s that good, someone else should earmark the money to it – somebody independent of it.

    Of course, this whole process of sneaking earmarks into trying spending bills is ridiculous itself….

  • Larry Littlefield

    “In an ethical deliberative body, steering funds from the state to an organization you have a personal stake in would be, uh, not kosher.”
    In the New York State legislature, it’s de rigueur.  They all do it.  Supporters and relatives are often the employees.  Even among those smart enough to be subtley corrupt, employees of organiations receiving member grants are the people who collect the signatures to get the incumbents on the ballot.  That’s why cumbersome ballot access does not affect them.

  • Bolwerk

    Well, I’d be curious to know whether CCBA is another Soundview. I thought Diaz had some integrity, even if he is a homophobic twit. But I’d hardly be shocked if I were wrong.