Today’s Headlines

  • NYC Kids Protected by 20 Speed Cameras, for Now (NYT, BK Paper, NY1Post, AMNY, WNYC)
  • Every Elected in Albany Seemingly Helpless to Keep Cameras On (Gothamist)
  • The Times Explains Why John Flanagan Gets to Decide How NYC Streets Work
  • Road Pricing Still a Wish But You Can Set a Clock by Cuomo’s Fare Hikes (NY1Post, News)
  • Cuomo Is Using His MTA State of Emergency to Undermine Board Oversight (AMNY)
  • Can Byford Dig the MTA Out of Its Subway Accessibility Hole? (NYT)
  • More on Bruce Schaller’s New App-Hail Report: Crain’sPost
  • NYPD Tickets Off-Route Trucker Who Injured Man on Amsterdam Ave., Still Blames Victim (Rag)
  • Cyclist Injures Child After Passing Stopped School Bus in Brooklyn (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The cyclist claimed he couldn’t stop because the roadway was wet, and no charges have been filed ‘at this time,”’cops said.”

    Crackdown on, they ticket cyclists for running yellow lights and rolling through T intersections.

    Crackdown off, they don’t even ticket this guy.

  • bolwerk

    No non-whiteness suspected?

  • Larry Littlefield

    “What you’re doing is you’re undermining, I think, the most important goal here — and that is to watch the public’s money,” said MTA board member Andrew Saul at Wednesday’s board meeting. “We’re under all this pressure. We’ve got all this debt.”

    Gee, how did that happen?

    Now that people are starting to notice the NY state legislature, perhaps they might ask…

    1) Why is NYC the only locality in the state that doesn’t get municipal aid, when NYC residents pay half of all state income taxes?

    2) Why is the share of Medicaid spending funding by local taxes higher in NYC than anywhere else?

    3) How could NYC receive less than 50 percent of the TBTA toll surplus in many years, when under the original deal that saw the City of New York turn over its TBTA to the MTA New York City Transit was to get 67 percent of a fixed amount and 50 percent of any money in excess of that?

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/medicaid-the-rest-of-new-york-state-re-declares-war-on-new-york-city/

    4) The multi-employer pension funds of NYC construction unions are allegedly $12 billion in the whole.

    https://therealdeal.com/issues_articles/the-state-of-the-construction-union/#new_tab

    How much of that is the MTA going to be forced to pay for in excess construction costs as the private sector goes open shop and strands those costs? How much has the MTA paid for private sector workers in Florida already?

    Etc. etc. Just asking.

  • HamTech87

    I don’t understand how Albany controls local streets, but when it comes to land use planning, local government gets to decide. Why is home rule so powerful on land use issues?

  • The Times Explains Why John Flanagan Gets to Decide How NYC Streets Work

    Because our democracy is fundamentally broken; and because no one is willing to discuss the only possible solution, namely: secession.

    New York City could easily thrive as a state if we redirected into City coffers all the taxes that we currently pay to the State for the benefit of the hicks who hate us. And, if we could reacquire ownership of our crown jewel, the subway (thereby relieving the governor of a responsibility that he clearly does not want), then our potential would be unlimited.

    Our City gets exactly nothing worthwhile from its association with the State. We New Yorkers as a people should be able unilaterally to sever this bond, instead of having to obtain the consent of our exploiters. But, sadly, we are hamstrung by an archaic and dysfunctional American federalism that robs us of the ability to act in our own interest.

  • Larry Littlefield

    New York City would be better of if it seceded from New York State.

    But then Manhattan would be better off if it seceded from poorer boroughs such as Brooklyn.

    And Park Slope would be better off if it seceded from the rest of Brooklyn.

    That said, NYC was made to be a net contributor to the state budget in the 1970s and in the early 1990s when it was flat on its back broke.

  • I am talking about New York City becoming a state. This has no application to Park Slope, nor even to Manhattan.

    And New York City would never have been flat broke if it had had the powers of a state. Norman Mailer and Jimmy Breslin had it right.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “No more bullshit.”

  • bolwerk

    If you’re referring to CP, there’s a case to be made that the city has the right to do CP in its charter. However, the issue was kind of ceded to the state a decade ago under Bloomberg when the city decided to make a home rule request. (Though doing so successfully would have dead-ended most constitutional cases against CP.)

    Otherwise land use has traditionally been the point of local government, I guess.

  • J. Geoff Rove

    Nothing is keeping the NYPD from running radar gun cars at hot spots. Plenty of traffic detail units are available to escort UN bigwigs during their visits. Use the motorcycle cops for real duty.