Today’s Headlines

  • Bill Thompson Will Stay in Race, Wait for Results of Recount (Observer)
  • TLC Touts Increase in Tickets From Its GPS and Credit Card Data Systems (News)
  • Bayside Village BID Wants City-Funded Parking Garage (Times Ledger)
  • Willets Point United to de Blasio: Stop EDC’s Parking Lot “Redevelopment” Project
  • Church Avenue Set to Receive Curb Extensions, Street Trees, New Sidewalks (Ditmas Park Corner)
  • 2nd Avenue Sagas: Want to Get Millennials (or Anyone) on Buses? Make Them Faster
  • Treating Stop Signs as Optional: Where’s the NYPD Sting? (MTR)
  • Jersey City Sets Aside $1 Million for Speed Humps, Bike Lanes, Street Restriping (BIKAS)
  • NY-Area Congressional Representatives Sound Alarm on Transit Commuter Benefit (Advance)
  • John Samuelsen Stumps for Joe Lhota, Kind Of (News)
  • Now That’s a Brazen Bike Thief (DNA)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • From a governmental point of view, Thompson has every right to wait out the process and claim his spot in a runoff if a recount deems one necessary. It’s completely fair.

    From a leadership point of view, he’s going to fight this fight just to see if de Blasio has 39.9% of the vote instead of 40.1%? And then de Blasio is just going to trounce him in a runoff anyway? Well, this is something we already knew about Thompson. I’d rather have Cathie Black as mayor.


    Principal to kids: If you’re rammed from behind by an out of control driver who comes out of nowhere at full speed in an SUV with a metal cattle clearer attached to his bumper, please make sure you’re not wearing headphones.

    Principal to drivers: [crickets chirping]

  • Danny G

    Should you wish to engage the principal of I.S. 73 about keeping the streets and sidewalks of Queens safe for all users, their contact information can be found here:

  • Andy Trafford

    The principal’s email address is

  • Mark Walker

    Thompson is strikingly disconnected from reality. He can’t see that his campaign and the automobile era are both over. At least he’s consistent.

  • Bolwerk

    “[Walder] made it personal between us early on, and the relationship went downhill from there. … [S]urpassing Jay Walder in terms of human decency is no great achievement” – Samuelsen

    Words from the man heading the union that left a giant inflatable rat outside Walder’s apartment. Walder, of course, did more good for NYC transit in his absurdly short term than anyone in decades. But then, who cares about those lazy, welfare-dependent riders?

    It should surprise no one if the kind of selfish union* asshole who says something like that breaks for Lhota in the election. They are Republikans more often than anyone ever admits.

    * And no, not all union people are selfish

  • EllenM

    I just forwarded the Bayside parking garage story to my parents, who live close to the proposed site. Unless the BID is proposing to removing parking from Bell Blvd (which I doubt they are; the story doesn’t say), a parking garage isn’t going to alleviate parking problems, it will just bring more people to the neighborhood who want to catch the LIRR into Penn.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s Lhota’s bike lane position:

    Lhota: “I agree with the bike lanes, but no one’s ever discussed the strategy, and it’s really important that the community hear all that,” he said. “I need to have, and I will have, a participatory government.”

    Come on. Has anything been discussed more than bike lanes, in the last few years?

  • Anonymous

    If the (somewhat arbitrary) dividing line is 40%, I think Thompson is entirely right to be sure DeBlasio actually has 40%.

  • What’s not arbitrary is the real quantitative measurement that Thompson was behind by at least 14 points and would have little or no chance of winning a runoff unless de Blasio starts his own underwear texting campaign to young women.

    So he has the right, but should he do it as a matter of leadership? Or is this now entirely self-serving?

  • Anonymous

    “Thompson … would have little or no
    chance of winning a runoff unless de Blasio starts his own underwear
    texting campaign to young women.”

    Who knows? You can’t just assume that the people who voted for Quinn or Liu or Weiner will vote for DeBlasio over Thompson.

  • In fairness, that’s not very different than the de Blasio line about bike lane implementation.

  • You are correct in saying you cannot fully assume, but statistically it’s very, very unlikely. Consider both candidates retain the votes they’ve had so far, and are competing for the pool of orphaned voters leftover from the other candidates, no more and no less (which, it should be noted, is a number of votes that is less than de Blasio’s votes in the original primary). Thompson would have to convince more than 70% of those leftover voters to jump to his side over de Blasio… when he’s been, at best in any point of the campaign season, polling neck-and-neck with de Blasio… in order to win a runoff. Again: of the votes that are up-in-the-air, Thompson would need to win 70% of them if both de Blasio’s existing voting base and Thompson’s voting base show up. Any other scenario in which Thompson does not need all of those voters in anything close to those proportions is highly unlikely.

    The most likely result for a runoff, based on existing polls, is for de Blasio to win a runoff by a margin of 10-30 percentage points, with 20 points as the likely settling point. Thompson would have to change the dynamics of the race incredibly in order to turn these percentages around. He is not polling at more than 50% for voters who originally chose a now-eliminated candidate. So this entire pursuit is ridiculous if he’s just putting himself in a position to viciously attack and belittle the man who is likely to win the nomination in the end anyway (while pretty much burning campaign money that could be used to fight Republican PACs in the general election).

    Again, the difference between “can” and “should”

  • Anonymous

    OK, fair enough. It just seems to me that it’s impatience more than anything else that’s motivating this.

  • Anonymous

    I suggest that there are other things at play here. First, Thompson is probably looking for a job of some sort, say Education Commissioner, whatever, before he voluntarily drops. That product has a pretty short shelf-life.
    Second, he might be doing DiBlasio a favor by forcing a runoff. 40% is not real great bragging rights. Better he smash Thompson 70/30 in a runoff before facing off with Lhota.
    Third, as far as the race goes the “there is non such thing as bad publicity” rule applies. Any runoff will involve a lot of free coverage from the bored media.

    Fourth, most of Thompson’s institutional support is quickly swinging behind DeBlasio and he would only have limited resources to contest the race. People like winners and it would give a lot of Thompson supporters another bite at the apple.

  • Bolwerk

    What is the point of having an elected representative government if these people can’t make decisions for us? It’s not like we had a participatory government back when Robert Moses was ripping out our fcukin’ streetcars to maximize room for POVs – had he not done so, there might be more room for bike lanes now, I might add.

    The reason they suddenly like participatory government when bike lanes and surface transit improvements come up is they know that only NIMBYs will show up. People who benefit from transit improvements have places to go and busier lives, and don’t have time for that kind of participation. That’s the only good argument to delegate decisionmaking to electeds in the first place.

  • Bolwerk

    Two of the three daily papers with influence in this election are certainly going to break for Lhota. The Times endorsed Quinn, who was the Lhota of the Democratic Primary, so they might break for Lhota too.

    I may be wrong about this, but I definitely at least suspect that keeping coverage off Lhota is a good thing for now.

  • Driver

    It could if the majority of spaces are restricted to short term parking, like 4 hours or less.