Monday’s Headlines — Speed Zone Cameras Are Coming Back Edition

Before we get to today’s news, you may notice the new “Election 2018” tab on the StreetsblogNYC masthead above. In advance of the Sept. 13 primary, we’ll be publishing the answers to questions we sent to candidates in the contested state legislature races. We’ll post one per day, and archive the rest up top. Today’s entry is Senate District 34 (Bronx): Alessandria Biaggi vs. Jeff Klein.

Now, to the news from today and the weekend:

  • The Daily News’s Dan Rivoli and Jillian Jorgensen walked away with the biggest scoop this weekend: Council Speaker Corey Johnson appears to have completed an end run around Senate Republicans to get New York City’s 140 school zone camera systems turned back on. (NYDN). The Post and the Wall Street Journal got the story as well, but not as fast.
  • The Daily News editorial board weighed in on the city’s move late last week to pull a rogue sanitation company’s license. (NYDN)
  • About 10 months after the Times reported on why MTA construction projects are so expensive, the Post reported on why MTA construction projects are so expensive. (NY Post)
  • Rogue ticket-sellers have been scamming riders on the Downtown Connection Bus — and now the vans will skip some stops. (NYP)
  • Police are seeking a mad sprayer in Brooklyn. (AMNY)
  • ICYMI: The Spectrum-owned NY1 continues its all-out war on cyclists with a segment titled: “The downside of cycling in the city,” which continues the myths that cyclists are dangerous and adversely affect business. Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and TransAlt’s Paul Steely White did the best they could against willful disregard for truth from the host. The show follows last week’s cyclist-free report that claimed that a Jewish deli that sold expensive, fat- and cholesterol-laden pastrami sandwiches in ethnically diverse Queens closed because of a bike lane.
  • We’re all huge fans of New York Times reporter Corey Kilgannon, but we don’t know why the Times puts reporters in cars when it sets out to “discover” something about New York. (NYT)
  • Ace transportation reporter Aaron W. Gordon may have lost some bike activist sources with a single tweet defending a driver who parked — and parked obnoxiously — in the Ninth Street bike lane.
  • We’re happy for the dad who has a new baby, but not so sure the city should let him out of the $65 ticket he got for not moving his car. (NYP with H/T to veteran shooter Helayne Seidman for the classic tabloid photo)
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Berger offers a profile of new LIRR head Phil Eng. (WSJ)
  • The Riverdale Press is convinced that the Uber/Lyft cap will hurt the Bronx, while the British paper The Guardian says the cap will endanger the entire “gig economy.”
  • Streetsblog pal @uws_cyclist spotted Manhattan Borough President getting out of a car … and naturally ran the license plate number with predictable results. She’s no Marty Golden, but still…
  • And here’s the sad tweet of the day: Would-be cyclist Cassie DeWitt admits she’s afraid to get on her bike because it’s so scary to ride in New York. Funny how car drivers never worry about that.
  • fdtutf

    Hi! The “Aaron Gordon may have lost…” link goes to the same target as the NYT link in the previous item.

  • Gersh Kuntzman

    Fixing, thanks!

  • kevd

    actually, lots of people are afraid to drive in NYC.
    like my mom.

  • Fool

    Any coverage on how provincial NYC really is, is good coverage for reform.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Stringer identified New York’s excessive costs as a severe threat to the city’s prosperity.”

    And a big benefit to some of the interests that make New York’s perpetual incumbents perpetual incumbents, at the expense of people they don’t care about who will live in a future they don’t care about either.

    Come on, Stringer. This is clearly not a technical problem. It’s a question of values, and of fairness.

  • cjstephens

    I usually don’t have much sympathy for people who get legitimate parking tickets, but I think you’re being too harsh on the new dad who got his ticket dismissed. The article told us almost none of the facts, but it’s easy to imagine the scenario: say that Wednesday is alternate side of the street parking day, but his wife goes into labor Tuesday night. Do you really expect the guy to leave the hospital to move his car? It’s a once in a lifetime excuse, which he seems to have backed up with good evidence. To me this counts as a genuine medical emergency, not “I was just stopping for a few minutes to pick up my prescription”.

  • Joe R.

    I agree with you. I just checked the stats. About 400 babies are born each day in NYC, and the number of births skews heavily towards lower and middle income people who are less likely to have cars. Of those who own cars, most are likely to be parked legally (i.e. the outer boroughs have the heaviest car ownership and they generally don’t have alternate side parking). How many people get a parking ticket because a child is born? The fact this incident made the news tells me it’s not all that many.

    If NYC doesn’t give him a free pass then I suspect he’ll have many offers to pay his ticket for him. And yes, this definitely counts as a medical emergency.

  • Andrew

    I disagree, because “no parking” means “no parking,” not “no parking unless you have a good excuse,” which can lead to anything.

    If a once-in-a-lifetime occasion requires that I take a taxi, I don’t get to walk off without paying the fare. If a once-in-a-lifetime occasion requires that I buy a $200 product, I don’t get to take the product without paying for it. If a once-in-a-lifetime occasion requires that I leave my car in an illegal parking space, I’m stuck paying a parking ticket.

  • cjstephens

    You are of course entitled to your opinion. However, when I worked as a parking ticket judge many years ago, we were trained that as a matter of law, a bona fide medical emergency was a valid defense for a parking ticket like this, as long as it was backed up by evidence of the sort that he appears to have brought in.

  • bolwerk

    I can go either way on this one, but it’s something that policy should be consistent on across different public services. Someone who analogously beats a fare should get similar treatment.

    Somewhat disagree with Andrew about taxis, because in that case at least the taxi driver is putting his/her own ass on the line to provide the service.