Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo’s Syracuse Tunnel Waffle Will Cost Taxpayers and Delay Decision for Years (Politico)
  • NYPD Pledges Crackdown as Cops’ Illegal Plate Covers Make National News (Inside Ed., Post)
  • Bus Turnaround Campaign Says These Bus Lines Need Lanes — Is de Blasio Listening? (AMNY)
  • Related: People Are Waiting Up to an Hour for the Bx7 and There’s No Relief in Sight (Press)
  • Storm Disrupts Subways, Buses, Citi Bike, LIRR, NJT (DNAAMNY, NYT)
  • More on the “Freedom Ticket” From Gothamist and NY1
  • Still No Word on What Caused the Off-Duty NYPD Crash That Killed Officer Bianca Bennett (DNA)
  • Riverdale Motorist Mounts Curb, Hits Cars, Drives on Three Wheels; NYPD: Medical Episode (Press)
  • DOT, DSNY, Parks Department Deny Responsibility for Maintaining Bronx Step-Streets (Press)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Pat

    It was refreshing to to see Inside Edition say that red light and speed cameras make streets safer. I half expected them to call enforcement cameras a government scam.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The covers, which can be purchased online for as little as $6, ­allow the plates to remain visible but hide plate numbers on pics taken by toll and red-light cameras.”

    So this is the plan to eliminate tolls? Just allow the entitled people like to pay them, consistent with other policies in New York, and the values of Generation Greed. It doesn’t sound like this is just an NYPD issue. Not at that price.

    I might as well point out out that the pension income of retired NYC public employees is exempt from NY state and local income taxes. This is what they are used to — the losers, suckers and fools pay, the winners extract what they can and head for Florida as soon as possible.

  • Geck

    There is car parked almost daily in the bike lane/no standing zone on Boerum Pl near Fulton St. with plate covers and Brooklyn DA placard. Above the law I guess.

  • placard corruption

    We’d love it if you could photograph it and tweet it out.

  • com63

    I said it years ago and I will say it again. You have to view everything that Cuomo does though the lens that all he wants is to run for president in 2020. He will only do things that look good and will avoid or delay any “tough” decisions as long as he can. Case in point: Build a new Tappan Zee bridge, but avoid telling anyone how it will be paid for.

    This tunnel is the same. Study, study, study, delay, delay, delay. If he makes the “tough” decision to tear down the highway, but not build a replacement or a tunnel, he will get some criticism now and while the project is happening. The final product of an improved boulevard with better neighborhoods won’t be ready by 2020 for him to display as a success. Hence he has no interest in doing it.

  • Andrew

    Call the Brooklyn DA’s office and ask them to do something about it!

  • Joe R.

    If the DNC plans a 2020 coronation for Cuomo, like they did with Clinton in 2016, they might as well count themselves out until at least 2024. That’s assuming of course Trump doesn’t change things by then so he has a lifetime position. Cuomo is a horrible candidate. I wouldn’t even vote for him for dog catcher.

  • Andrew

    SO happy that NYPD has promised a crackdown on license plate covers!

    Any idea who we should contact to encourage these efforts? The NYPD? IAB? The Mayor’s office? I think it’s important to let people know that we care and that we applaud the crackdown.

  • redbike

    Suggestion: start with your NYC Councilcritter. This is tricky, because the NYC Council doesn’t (AFIK) have much oversight responsibility re: the NYPD. But councilcritters are elected. It’s not a bad thing to keep them aware of a constituent’s opinion.

  • Andrew


  • Larry Littlefield

    Is there a better one? In either party.

    Bad, bad, bad.

  • Joe R.

    Sadly, the system discourages anyone decent who might actually turn things around. That said, I’m sure nationally there exist better potential Presidental candidates than Cuomo. I was no fan of his father, either, but the son has the worst traits of his father with none of the redeeming qualities.

  • Kevin Love

    I think Colin Powell would be a great candidate. Too bad he is not interested.

  • bolwerk

    Well, if they want someone who can win, the best bet is probably the same as 2016: Bernie. Democrats are allergic to winning, of course.

  • bolwerk

    There are people who, if nominated by the Dems, could very well guarantee Trump a second term. Two of them come from our region: Andy Cuomo and Cory Booker.

    Cuomo at least used to look good to New Yorkers, being fairly low-key and seemingly non-corrupt. The first one is not beneficial in a national election, and he probably lost most of his luster on the second point. His only arguable advantage over 10+ other similar candidates, plus maybe not-so-similar Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, is donor/media access.

  • sbauman

    I might as well point out out that the pension income of retired NYC public employees is exempt from NY state and local income taxes.

    All pension income (up to $20K) is exempt from NYS and local income taxes. It’s not just a public employee perq.

  • placard corruption

    …um, they promised a crackdown at a press conference back in November. All this coverage exposes the violations that have continued since then!

  • Andrew

    Ugh. Well we gotta start calling our electeds and insisting that they do something about it.

  • Andrew

    And we need to report individual violations to the IAB

  • kevd

    Trump was interested and is turning things around!

    We were experiencing decent economic growth – even (finally) some wage growth for lower and middle class earners, slow progress on renewable energy, improved rights for LBGTQ Americans, the respect of other nations.
    And boom! All that is getting turned around within weeks….

  • com63

    I think 2016 taught us that moderation is not good. I thing Dems need to run someone a bit crazy, like a younger Bernie, who is not afraid to go to the mat against Trump and get people on his side riled up.

  • Joe R.

    Just keep repeating to yourself “every day and in every way things are getting better.” You may even eventually believe it regardless of reality. We’ve sadly entered an era where facts don’t seem to matter much anymore.

    I’m looking at quotes from “1984” lately. It’s amazing how many of them seem relevant:

    “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

    “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

    “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.”

    “Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

    “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

    Trump seems especially good at this one:

    “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

  • reasonableexplanation

    Question: do these plate covers actually work? I’m curious because with all the reporting on the NYPD plate covers thing, that crucial detail seems to be missing.

    As far as I can tell these things don’t really do much for the cameras being used for the cashless tolls, do they work on red light cameras?

    Lots of gullible folks buy lots of kooky accessories for their cars.

  • placard corruption

    Seems everyone is focused on the one crucial detail: they’re illegal and cops are using them.

    Whether they actually work is a minor issue. The fact of the matter is that people who are entrusted to enforce the laws are the very people who are out there breaking them instead. They are using them illegally based on their belief that it will help them to break other laws. Now if you want to argue that these corrupt people are stupid too, that doesn’t change the matter that much.