Tuesday’s Headlines: Heastie Says Can’t to Gantt Edition
Our anti-car Christmas carols were the toast of New York yesterday, so click here if you missed them. Even Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he couldn’t wait to check them out.
And now the news:
- The greatest news that you won’t read in any New York City paper: Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has removed ailing, no show, anti-New York, anti-safety Transportation Committee Chairman David Gantt from his post. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
- Here’s a zen koan for NYC: What if the city created Fair Fares but then didn’t tell anyone how to apply? (Gothamist)
- Reminder: the issue with congestion and bad public transit is that the cost of driving is too low, therefore encouraging transportation choices that hurt the majority of residents. (Bloomberg)
- Uber fans are already complaining about more-expensive rides, even before a congestion fee kicks in. (Bloomberg)
- The short-staffed Daily News followed its first-day story of a man run over by a driver with a very similar second-day story that didn’t add much and failed to mention the driver’s summons record that includes a speed camera violation and 10 other infractions. (NYDN)
- Andy Byford really stayed on message in this Bloomberg interview.
- Sorry, but the pea soup that the MTA is pulling out of the L tunnel looks like a tempest in a Dumpster. (Gothamist)
- We haven’t covered the silly “outrage” over the Christmas decorations at the Holland Tunnel because only drivers seem to be upset, but apparently their long nightmare is about to end. How, wouldn’t it be nice if the Times, which covered the decorations, would devote itself to covering important things like Citi Bike’s expansion and repair crisis? (Gothamist, NYDN, NY Post)
- And, finally, our editor had the tweet of the day, as he went after Council Member Barry Grodenchik, who insists on opposing congestion pricing because, he claims, it’s “elitist.”
We need to change the thinking on this. Do you know what is truly elitist? Trying to preserve free driving for the elites who drive in New York City. Statistic show that drivers entering Manhattan tend to be far wealthier than non-drivers. So CM @BarryGrodenchik is the elitist! https://t.co/A0fcIyAeZw
— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) December 17, 2018