Today’s Headlines

  • Who Is On the List to Replace Ray Kelly, If He Leaves? (DNA)
  • Tri-State Looks at Cuomo’s Budget; Raises Flag About Moving Debt Back to MTA
  • Preliminary NYPD Counts Show 279 NYC Traffic Fatalities in 2012 (TransNat)
  • Death and Serious Ped Injury in Queens (Post); Vallone’s “Public Safety Tour” Ignores Traffic (Gazette)
  • New Owners of W’burg Block: “Parking Will Be a Big Element…Possibly for a Big-Box Tenant” (WSJ)
  • DOT Rejects Roosevelt Avenue Petition; Rush Hour Lanes “Necessary Due to Congestion” (News)
  • Council Is Quick With Legislation on the Cost of Gas (WNYC); Traffic Justice? Not So Much
  • Stringer Wants MTA Inspector General to Investigate Subway Deaths (TransNatPost)
  • Jets Coach Rex Ryan Runs Red, Causes Three-Car Crash (WSJ)
  • BID Unveils Fulton Street Vision Plan, Including Plaza and Streetscape Proposals (Patch)
  • DOT Accepts BID’s Application for Permanent Putnam Triangle Plaza (Brownstoner)
  • Traffic Calming Moves Ahead for Deadly Borinquen Place (Bklyn Paper)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The Budget will use surplus mass transportation operating assistance funds to pay for a portion of the debt service associated with previously issued MTA service contract bonds. (2013-14 Value: $20 million; 2014-15 Value: $0).”

    Ah yes, recall that our state legislators generously provided money to the MTA in the most recent capital plan, rather than having the MTA borrow the whole thing.  What form did that money take?  Higher state taxes.   Money not spent on powerful, overfunded interests? 

    No.  The state borrowed instead of the MTA, which is also the state.  Without the required referendum.  So now they want to drain even more money from the agency.

    By the way, the previous capital plan was also generously funded — with a permanent sales tax increase in the MTA service area that was bonded for 30 years but spent in five.

    So this will be the policy.  Take money from the MTA. Give other money to the MTA.  Expect gratitude.

  • Bolwerk

    I’m going to miss Ray Kelly.  Few people embody the naked fascist tendencies of the pig state so succinctly. He is truly a light to warn others of the folly of intractable, power-hungry authoritarianism divorced from mercy and reason.  Rudy Giuliani perhaps is in the same league, but he hasn’t held political power for more than a decade.