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Wednesday’s Headlines: The People Have Spoken Edition

12:00 AM EST on November 7, 2018

The election dominates the coverage today. Turn to the Times or CNN or even Fox News for the national recaps, but the biggest race for livable streets advocates was in southern Brooklyn's State Senate 22, where Andrew Gounardes apparently beat street safety pariah Republican Marty Golden (who did not concede as many paper ballots remain to be counted).

Friend of Streetsblog Emma Whitford suggested on Twitter that we should to gloat about seeing the defeat of a recidivist speeder who blocked speed cameras and once ran over a woman who later died, but it's not in our nature (or our non-profit status) to do anything but cover the issues (especially when there are so many absentee ballots to count).

But that doesn't mean other people weren't gloating:
    • Here are other results in key local races from our friends at WNYC:
      • Thanks to Gounardes's win — and other Democratic victories upstate — Democratic control of the State Senate appeared late last night to be in the donkeys' grasp. (NYDN)
      • Congressional District 11: Max Rose beats Republican Dan Donovan
      • Ballot Question 3: Community Board term limits passes

In other news:

    • Dorothy Bruns, the impaired driver who killed two kids on Ninth Street in Park Slope earlier this year, has killed herself. (NY Post)
    • Long Island City residents told amNY they were nervous about Amazon opening a huge second headquarters there. But Streetsblog found cause for optimism. The Times also weighed in.
    • Trump seems to be stalling an extension of light rail in Bergen County. (
    • This Brooklyn Eagle story points out that Dyker Heights car owners really hate it when others take "their" parking – but fails to point out the main culprit: The United States Postal Service doesn't pay parking it doesn't care! (Brooklyn Eagle)
    • Meanwhile, in D.C., transportation officials have had enough of FedEx, UPS, USPS and other companies in bike lanes — though, come on, is a polite letter the way to go? (Curbed)
    • Voting was a real problem for many, thanks to machines that went haywire because of the rain. (NY Times) Our editor posted a video of his experience in Park Slope:

Meanwhile, still drunk from last night's election, Streetsblog's David Meyer and Gersh Kuntzman will be at the Transportation Alternatives Vision Zero Cities Conference all day today and tomorrow. That doesn't mean we won't be posting some pretty big news today, but it does mean that we may not do it as quickly as usual.

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