Today’s Headlines

  • Will Cuomo’s DOT Pull the Rug Out From Bus Riders on the New Tappan Zee? (News12, RC Times)
  • Daily News Grateful Drunk Driver Wasn’t Hurt When He Killed Brooklyn Pedestrian
  • Done Deal: 60 Days for SI Driver Whose Negligence Ended the Life of Alexa Cioffi (DNA)
  • Mistrial Prolongs Agony for Family of Victoria Nicodemus (DNANews)
  • Jeff Klein Plans Crackdown on Charter Buses With Poor Safety Records (AMNY)
  • Schumer, Booker Want Federal Sleep Test Regs for Transit, Commercial Vehicle Operators (AMNY)
  • City and State Electeds Call Out MTA for Broken Subway Elevators and Escalators (NY1)
  • Voice Checks Out the MTA Performance Dashboard
  • Ferries: De Blasio Orders Bigger Boats (AMNY); Developers Consider SI-Manhattan Route (DNA)
  • Driver Runs Over Brooklyn Car Wash Worker — No Word on Charges (News)
  • Protege Aims to Continue Simanowitz Legacy of Depriving Queens of Better Buses (DNA)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Daniel Rosenthal, who serves as an aide to Councilman Rory Lancman.”

    Heading for Florida, leaving the city busted, but leaving behind their cronies to keep the money flowing south. That’s my take on an analysis of the characteristics of NYC officeholders.

    Still in favor of term limits, though the impact hasn’t been quite as big as I would have expected.

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/term-limits-impact-on-the-characteristics-of-nyc-representatives/

    The big surprise once I actually looked at it — how many younger, recently elected members of the state assembly there are, and now many of them were political staff in their prior job. The many new members is a big change, and I hadn’t really noticed it.

  • Vooch

    Brad,

    one day there will be a collection published of your best headlines. They keep getting better.

    well done !

  • bolwerk

    The effect of term limits has almost certainly been the exacerbation of the very problems term limits are said to solve. That is, indeed, why the biggest supporters of term limits are the most hostile to the interests of the general public.

    Improving the quality of elected officials requires expanding choice, not limiting it.

  • bolwerk

    Why don’t Schumer and Booker focus on big problems like getting more tracks laid before sweating the small stuff local governments and transit agencies can handle?

  • Larry Littlefield

    So, we have a great choice of state legislators, relative to the City Council? That’s a bit of a stretch.

  • Flakker

    It seems to me this is one of those things that’s extremely inconvenient to regulate and shouldn’t be the responsibility of the federal government to require, but as long as we keep having crashes where the excuse is undiagnosed sleep apnea, their hands are forced. I’m sure it will be some other excuse when the crashes keep happening.

  • nanter

    Where in that DN article did they express any gratefulness? They merely reported the fact that the automobile occupants (including the drunk driver) were not harmed.

  • bolwerk

    Who do you think says that? I’ve never seen anyone say that. Ever.

    But I can point to ways in which the City Council is capable of horrors that the state legislature is willing to, at times, temper. The extremities of Rudy Giuliani/post-Rudy Giuliuani era policing saw more opposition from the state than they ever saw from city electeds. If we measure by outcomes for people on the street, there is little to distinguish de Blasio from Bloomberg from Giuliani. (Oddly, even Andy Cuomo is more civil libertarian than Mike Bloomberg or Bill de Blasio, though I guess that’s a pretty low bar.)

  • bolwerk

    Oh, wait, I did see someone claim that. Once. It was an anti-congestion pricing crusader on usenet.

  • bolwerk

    I guess. But as long as we don’t have good transit, the yearly body count from car crashes will not be easily dented either.

    I don’t see a problem with a federal mandate for such testing. And it’s fair to have to report it when agencies to fill out in their reams of FTA paperwork answering “yes” or “no” to “Do you test your conductors for sleep apnea?”

    Creating a federal bureaucratic framework for it seems to go way beyond that though.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I expected term limits to shake up the City Council and produce better representation, relative to the State Legislature. And it has to an extent, with more contested elections.

    But I found that when I examined it systematically, the characteristics of the Council were not that much different than the characteristics of NYC’s state legislators. The Council members are a little younger on average and have served fewer years in the their current office.

  • newshuman

    I was wondering the same thing. Perhaps they edited the content of the report?

  • Joe R.

    They should also test if people are morning or night people, and then use that to assign them to the appropriate shift. Night people shouldn’t be working, say, a 7AM to 3PM shift. That’s totally out of whack with their circadian rhythm. Just as day people really can’t get used to the graveyard shift, night people can’t deal with morning shifts. The fact they get to work doesn’t mean anything. They’re there is body, not mind. I know because I spent over 2 decades between school and work trying to adjust to a day schedule. It didn’t matter how much sleep I got. I was never myself until early afternoons. And trying to adjust, being up at hours when my body told me I should be sleeping, left me feeling burnt out most of the time. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I started working at home on my own schedule. I felt ten times better, had lots of energy, and was much more productive.

  • bolwerk

    It has clearly worsened representation in some palpable ways. Nobody can build a power base independent of donors, which is why nearly 100% of CC members are relatively indistinguishable from Christine Quinn or Melissa Mark-Viverito.

    Demographic diversity is good, but ideological diversity should be encouraged too.

  • Brad Aaron
  • Brad Aaron

    You’re too kind.

  • newshuman

    That’s insane!!!

  • nanter

    Geeze. Whatever happened to editorial guidelines that call for issuing a formal correction whenever an article is changed. Guess that’s too much to expect from a tabloid.

  • William Lawson

    Holy shit what kind of person is actually grateful enough that a drunk driving killer was “not hurt” to the point where they express it in a news article about him killing someone? I’d like to know which of ADAM SHRIER or ROCCO PARASCANDOLA was the dirtbag in question.

  • Larry Littlefield

    YOU are in favor of ideological diversity IN NEW YORK?

  • Vooch

    It’s a improvement over the situation a while back when the damage to the car would garner 3 or 4 sentences and treated as if the machine was the victim.

  • bolwerk

    New York is much more ideologically diverse than its representatives.

  • bolwerk

    This is evolutionary psychology. People evolved over time to be awake during different hours to address the needs of the community at different times (e.g., a night watch).

  • Joe R.

    Yes, exactly. Night people probably either guarded the village or hunted. Day people farmed and did whatever chores could only be done with daylight.

  • Jason Taber

    This has apparently been edited out. It’s not in the linked article. I read it twice.

  • William Lawson

    Cyclist killed in hit and run in Flatbush today. I wonder how long before the NYPD comes to its thrilling conclusion that he ran the red based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I tried to find it by using a search engine to find “cyclist hit and run.” Boy, there is a long list of those.

  • William Lawson

    It’s in the Post today, complete with the obligatory victim blaming. But yes, hit and runs are an epidemic in this city. Easily as big of a problem as shootings if not more, yet we won’t ever hear a New York politician or official vow to “crack down” on them.

  • Joe R.

    I’ve thought it more that a bit hilarious how the gun control zealots in the City Council don’t realize this city is the wild West when it comes to out of control motor vehicles. The problem is way worse than shootings. Almost all the victims of vehicular violence are innocents in the wrong place at the wrong time. Many shooting victims are gangbangers who chose a lifestyle which eventually will put them at the wrong end of a gun. In the first case, the city does practically nothing. In the second, it passes overly restrictive gun laws which mostly affect law abiding citizens who may want a weapon for self-defense. Gun control laws largely don’t work to stop gang violence because criminals by definition don’t care about laws.