Friday’s Headlines — Bike Snob Goes Full Zen Edition

UPDATED | Some interesting tidbits to start the weekend:

I’m not going anywhere this weekend — except maybe to Soundview on one of Mayor de Blasio’s heavily subsidized pleasure cruises — so if something’s gone wrong in your neighborhood, why not send me an email (and then I’ll send David Meyer to check it out).

Update: Thanks to commenter vnm below, this post has been updated. An earlier version suggested that the photo of Tish James’s massive SUV was from this week. It was not.

  • Guest

    The Tish James bike lane picture looks like Union Square… not The Bronx?

  • Larry Littlefield

    Pre-term limits, when the City Council was composed of perpetual self-serving and special interest serving hacks like the state legislature, one could argue that Community Boards were needed to actually “represent the community.”

    Not now. Your member of the City Council faced an actual election within the past five years, and thus represent the community themselves.

    The community boards should see term limits as a last shot to regain relevance, and limit the argument for elimination.

    Meanwhile, the argument to eliminate the Borough Presidents just got stronger.

  • Tooscrapps

    Minor quibble: Tish James had 2 speed camera violations. 7 total violations.

  • Daphna

    The Daily News also carried an article yesterday 8/23/2018 “Beeps fight local board term limits” about the letter of four borough presidents the “express serious concerns” about a proposal to require term limits for members of community boards.
    The borough presidents should not be re-appointing the same people over and over for decades anyway. Each term is only two years. The borough presidents should want to shape their community boards to best serve the communities and this would mean having turnover. The borough presidents ideally should be promoting turnover and rational limits on time served with or without official term limits.

  • Daphna

    Tish James has 7 motor vehicle violations. She speeds. She illegally parks in the bike lane. She is running to be Attorney General – but does not follow the law herself – evidently considers herself above the motor vehicle laws that are aimed at safety – and this person wants to be NYC’s top law enforcer and hold others accountable for violating the law??

  • Tooscrapps

    Alright… but still not “SEVEN speed camera violations!”…

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    The 3 red lights brings it up to 5 total camera violations.

  • Larry Littlefield

    It’s too late for a transit lockbox — as a huge share of dedicated MTA revenues will be going to debt service and pensions anyway.

    What is needed now is the opposite of a lockbox — lots of money from outside flowing in from outside.

    Or — not paying all of those debts and pensions. Either through bankruptcy or sky-high inflation that once again reduces their real value, as in the 1970s.

  • Tooscrapps

    Still not “SEVEN speed camera violations!”…

  • Larry Littlefield

    Here’s a nickel and dime disaster.

    “The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reportedly spends $4 million a year to maintain its old headquarters that is nearly empty. As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, it all has to do with a battle between the MTA and the city.”

    When the MTA decided to move its operations downtown, it set up a deal with a developer where the MTA would lease the prime location to the developer for 99 years. That developer would then pay $1.3 billion to the MTA. But that arrangement would have left the city without a big source of tax revenue.”

    “The Wall Street Journal reported City Hall blocked the deal from happening, with the poor relationship between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio contributing to why no compromise has been reached yet. A spokesman for the mayor told WCBS 880 that property taxes are critical to the functioning of the city, and that they are currently in negotiations with the MTA to find a solution.”


    Then how come NYC and NY State cut a deal with the real estate industry to allow new luxury high rise buildings with some affordable units a deal to pay more to construction unions to be except from property taxes for 45 years?

  • vnm

    Re the errors in this post’s Tish James write-up: ” . . . went to a speed camera rally in the Bronx … and was caught parking in the bike lane.” Implies that she parked in a bike lane at the rally today. In fact, the source is a tweet *from two months ago* showing a car parked in the bike lane at Union Square.

    “then it turns out that her car has SEVEN speed camera violations!”

    Except it turns out that her car has two speed camera violations as pointed out in this comment thread, and many hours later the post still isn’t corrected.

    C’mon Streetsblog. You can do better than this. The points would be stronger if you just let them stand without the exaggerations. And when called out on it in the comment thread you should make the change to correct the record.

    Separate and apart from that, I question the wisdom of speed camera advocates using speed camera data to dig up dirt on her and post it to the internet in this particular situation. She went to a speed camera rally. That’s great. She should be encouraged to do that more! But instead, how likely is it that she’ll continue to support speed cameras if people on the Internet use them to nail her for her personal driving habits. It seems counterproductive to me if the goal is to get politicians to support speed cameras, and it just gives off the appearance that there are those who support the cameras more for the sake of doing open-data lookups than for the real safety benefits.

  • vnm

    Many thanks for the update. Most appreciated. Sorry to sound like a campaign supporter. Honestly I haven’t followed this race.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen