Today’s Headlines

  • NYPD Says Motorist Who Killed Drudak Tenzin Was Speeding, Distracted; No Charges Filed (PIX, Post)
  • Storm-Damaged Subways Will Take Two Years to Repair (TransNat)
  • Prendergast Credits Young NYers for Highest Train Ridership in 62 Years (Post)
  • Resolutions to Lower Verrazano Tolls Clear Senate and Assembly (Advance)
  • Levin and TA: After Crash That Killed Family, Kent Avenue Still Ruled by Speeding Drivers (News)
  • Andrew Quinn’s Hit-and-Run Killer Remains At Large (DNA)
  • Post Spins Robert Johnson Traffic Summons as Payback for Ticket Fix Prosecutions
  • Quinn and Vacca Push DOT for Intercity Bus Permits (DNA)
  • New Park Space on Governors Island to Be Ready in the Fall (DNA)
  • Governing Examines Bloomberg Planning Legacy, Repeats Subversive DOT Myth
  • Schumer Announces Initiative to Keep Trucks Off… Parkways (LoHud)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Gneiss

    Quote from Joseph Petrosino, a former head of vehicular crimes at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office in the NY Times talking about why it’s difficult to prosecute vehicular homicide, “You’re talking about driving here, you’re not talking about somebody taking out a gun and shooting somebody.”

    It seems like NY courts have a very narrow interpretation of what constituets a ‘guilty mind’ for deaths involving vehicles.  Anyone reading this article would know that if they want to kill someone in NY state and get away with it, best to do it sober and with a car and not a gun.

  • Larry Littlefield

    DNA Info reported a bicycle fatality last Friday.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130308/borough-park/cyclist-killed-borough-park-after-being-hit-by-two-cars

    “Victor Lopez, 49, was cycling south on New Utrecht Avenue about 5:20 a.m. when he was struck by a Honda heading north on the avenue, police said. He was then struck by another Honda traveling west on 59th Street.”
    At that hour it is likely no one was around to see who went over the center line, other than the two drivers and the cyclist who is dead. 

  • Bolwerk

    Police are really thin-skinned whiners sometimes. It’s appalling how apathetic people are to piggery. It’s tempting to say the cops who whine about ticket fixing should be the next to get pink slips. You don’t want that or any other kind of blue wall corruption to even be advocated from the force; there will always be enough when it stays unspoken. (Maybe they pulled Johnson over for driving while black?)

  • Larry Littlefield

    Yankee Stadium parking operator hires bankruptcy attorney.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-12/yankee-stadium-parking-garage-operator-hires-bankruptcy-lawyers.html

    “The project received a $70 million subsidy from New York state and about $39 million from the city.”

    I think that’s more than enough.

    “Bonds maturing in 2046 traded on March 8 at 42.5 cents on the dollar.”

    The problem is solving itself.  They just need a deal with the bondholders, with or without the assistance of the courts.  Future would-be bondholders will learn a lesson that would be applied to future urban parking garages, and capital will move in a different direction.

    Out of 9,300 spaces,  “the Yankees have exclusive use of 600 spaces.” 

    Excellent.  Lots of other uses will be possible at a lower cost once debt service goes down.  Perhaps people from Manhattan and close-in Brooklyn will store their cars there if they tend to use them for trips out of town to the north, Catskills, Vermont, Adirondaks, Hudson Valley, etc.  Subway access is good and quick, East Side and West Side.  Rental companies could also use the spaces.  Some could be park and ride.

    Could the floor-to-ceiling heights accept buses in part of the building, for a bus terminal for buses heading north and east out of town?