Tuesday’s Headlines: Rogue Industry Edition

There was lots of coverage yesterday of the NYPD’s supposed crackdown on the private sanitation industry, which police say is responsible for 20 deaths since 2016. The Daily News brought out the big gun — police bureau chief Rocco Parascandola — but amNY, Patch and Streetsblog also provided coverage. Of course, not all the stories were perfect. WPIX11 identified Streetsblog Editor Gersh Kuntzman as “Gershman Kuntz” in its segment, but Kuntz’s — er, Kuntzman’s — brother was still impressed.

Here’s the rest of the news:

  • Here’s one time when if you see something, you might be so grossed out that you can’t say anything. (NY Post)
  • State Senator John Liu reduced the Jewish contribution to American life to a simple sandwich. (NYDN)
  • The Taxi and Limousine Commission is trying to help cabbies whose medallions have crashed in value. (NY Post, Crain’s)
  • Vin Baronne reports on why your subway might be late — it has to do with, whaddaya know?, the signal timers. (amNY)
  • Council Member Barry Grodenchik writes an unconvincing op-ed in opposition to community board term limits.
  • Take a moment to fill out the DOT’s bike map survey. Our editor had problem with one question:

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  • The de Blasio administration isn’t doing what it should do to protect the city from rising sea levels, according to Amy Chester and Tom Wright, who know about this kind of thing. (NYDN)
  • Here’s the only story you’ll need about the governor’s race — if you’re a transit nerd. (City Limits)
  • And, finally, is this the worst courtroom sketch ever? Seriously. (NY Post)
  • Elizabeth F

    > The Taxi and Limousine Commission is trying to help cabbies whose medallions have crashed in value.

    How about this… create a new regulatory regime that treats all for-hire vehicles the same. Cap the number of for-hire vehicles, and set up a medallion system for them. Allow existing yellow cab medallion owners to trade their old medallions for a certain number of new madallions (exchange rate to be determined). Require Uber, Lyft, limo companies, etc. to purchase medallions of they want in on the action.

    This will have an immediate effect of bringing the old medallions out of bankruptcy. As corrupt as the medallion system is, it’s probably a necessary evil if you want to cap the number of for-hire vehicles. And not capping them has its own problems.

  • Menachem Goldshteyn

    The problem with a cap is that there’s no objective way to distribute the medallions fairly. It becomes a commodity, so those who are lucky to have them will sell, lease, or transfer them, but not use them themselves. They end up being investors, not drivers. Same problem for street vendor permits.

    The way to cap them is to raise the price of hiring a cab. Impose congestion fees, require better wages for drivers, and ban drivers who misbehave. The TLC may not realize it, but it is effectively running a massive workforce of drivers, so it should hone up to its responsibility to ensure drivers aren’t mistreating customers or endangering the public. Get rid of the bad ones and offer good paying jobs with less competition to better ones.

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