Today’s Headlines

  • Maleka Begum, 54, Dies After Hit by Turning Bus; Witness: She Had Light; NYPD: “No Criminality” (News)
  • S.I. Wheel Retail-Hotel Developer: Most Islanders Will Drive; Will Expand Existing Parking (Advance)
  • In the Meantime, NYC DOT Will Widen Roads, Add Turn Lanes at Major S.I. Intersections (Advance)
  • MTA to Outline Fare Hike Proposals This Morning (News)
  • Cortelyou Road Traffic Calming Forum Kicks Off Effort for Safer Streets (Ditmas Park Corner)
  • There’s a Shortage of Bus Parking in Midtown, But the PABT Roof Is Used to Park Cars (Cap’n Transit)
  • NYT: The Rich, Neurotic and Cosseted in Manhattan and Brooklyn Don’t Understand Teen Car Culture
  • Will Greenpoint Waterfront Developer Build Bike-Pedestrian Alternative to Pulaski Bridge? (Gothamist)
  • On Sunday, 6,000 Bike Riders Participated in the Tour de Bronx (NY1)
  • Barclays Center Week Two Round-up (TransNat, AYR 1, 2)
  • Public-Private Partnerships in New York: “So Far the Hype Hasn’t Matched the Reality” (City & State)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Guest

    In what kind of sick, alternate universe do police arrive at the scene where somebody was killed, hear eye-witness statements that one individual killed the other while breaking the law, and then immediately state to the public that there was nothing criminal?

  • Voter

    Any statement from Jimmy Vacca, Chris Quinn or Jess Lappin on the tragic death of Maleka Begum?

  • Anonymous

    The comparison between Chris Ward and Pat Foye in the P3 story is quite striking. One levels with the public that P3s have benefits, but ones you have to pay for. Another promises free money from the private sector fairy. That tells you a lot right there about the state’s transpo leadership. 

  • @abb249055208c7af4d35568e422dfd63:disqus 
    I’ve heard of a few instances where this quote was delivered on-scene by an attending or supervising officer, but that’s actually a breach of policy when that happens. If the attending officers are smart, they’re not giving any information to anyone and they’re politely telling the media who they should call if they want an official statement on a reported incident…

    And that would be Paul Browne, NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information and official spokesperson. Almost every single one of these quotes comes from a “spokesman”. That would be Paul Browne’s office. 

    In case you haven’t been paying attention, he is the most barefaced of liars among publicists, and that’s saying something. It’s not just traffic incidents, either; the misinformation he spreads about virtually every incident of negative impact to the NYPD is galling. You really should Google his name, perhaps paired with terms like “Anthony Bologna” or “Noel Polanco” or “Tamon Robinson” or any kind of incident in which the police screwed up. Paul Browne’s response most often looks like it came from the information minister of a banana republic. He would deny that water was wet.

    The information that comes out of that office more often reflects the NYPD management’s agenda for handling traffic incidents rather than any officer’s observations on-scene, sadly.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “One levels with the public that P3s have benefits, but ones you have to pay for. Another promises free money from the private sector fairy.”

    People have been voting for fairies for 30 years, and politicians who delivered have been popular.  People haven’t worried about how this was happening.  Surprise, surprise.

  • Guest

    Good point about the distinction between the officer at the scene and the NYPD leadership.

    Perhaps I should rephrase?  “In what kind of sick, alternate universe do police arrive at the scene… and then the department’s leadership immediately states to the public that there was nothing criminal?”

    One of the things that is most disturbing about the consistent and well-documented lies by Paul Browne is that we are all paying is salary!

  • Bolwerk

    I always said they got the drinking and driving ages backwards.  Let them drink at 16, and drive at 21. It’s a policy that saves lives and annoys prigs. Who could ask for more?

  • Bolwerk

    I always said they got the drinking and driving ages backwards.  Let them drink at 16, and drive at 21. It’s a policy that saves lives and annoys prigs. Who could ask for more?

  • Bolwerk

    I always said they got the drinking and driving ages backwards.  Let them drink at 16, and drive at 21. It’s a policy that saves lives and annoys prigs. Who could ask for more?