Wednesday’s Headlines: Democrats Take Control of Albany Edition

It’s the Democrats’ day in Albany, as the legislative session finally begins — and lots of newcomers take their seats. Streetsblog wishes lots of luck — and congestion pricing! — to new senators Zellnor Myrie, Julia Salazar, Alessandra Biaggi, Robert Jackson, Jessica Ramos and Andrew Gounardes (plus new Assembly Members Catalina Cruz and Mathylde Frontus). We invite all lawmakers to a drink on Monday and Tuesday next week when the Streetsblog team travels to the State Capital for our annual, “Streetsblog Goes Up the River” trip.

Until then, here’s the news:

  • Outgoing Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Meera Joshi took a swipe at Council Member Ruben Diaz on her way out. He deserves particular scorn for a bill he proposed late last year to soften penalties for bad cab drivers. (NYDN)
  • CBS2 had shocking video of the Sanitation salt spreader that ran over and killed a Bronx pedestrian.
  • The Daily News website still holds stories so that its competitors don’t see them, an antiquated approach that only means that many readers (including our editor) sometimes miss the news of the day. So in case you also missed it, Gov. Cuomo told the paper’s editorial board that the L-train debacle shows that the MTA needs to be “blown up.” (NYDN) Later, Corey Johnson used the same language to argue in favor of city control of the subway. (Streetsblog)
  • In another needlessly embargoed Tuesday story, the paper’s Errol Louis called placard abuse “the gateway drug,” echoing reporting by Stephen Rex Brown earlier in the week.
  • The Times offered an L-train op-ed from a former head of NYC Transit. In the piece, Carmen Bianco said he was “concerned” about the shortcut plan promoted by Gov. Cuomo. “As president of New York City Transit, I would have found this new course of action completely unacceptable,” he said.
  • So much for that L-train shutdown documentary! (amNY)
  • Dutch treat? Not any more. Holland is cracking down on fare beaters, using methods that may someday jump the pond to the MTA. (City Lab)
  • Long live satire! Our friends at City Lab did an appreciation for a series of videos that then-unknown comic Kate McKinnon did for our own Clarence Eckerson Jr. at Streetfilms. The videos totally hold up.
  • In case you missed it, here’s a chance to really nerd out on how subway maps — in this case, an AirTrain map at JFK — are made. (Medium)
  • And, finally, the “de Blasio stop” has apparently gone international. (Devon Live)
  • Larry Littlefield

    So, after bankrupting the future of the transit system, the MTA Board has started to balk at more debt. So NOW it needs to be blown up, and replaced with people willing to borrow not only to maintain the transit system, for also for unrelated things. That’s my take.

  • please stop

    Can we please please drop the self congratulating and editorializing on what the local mainstream media is doing? We get it Gersh, your proud of Streetsblog and you know the industry.

  • Gowanus Kings

    Baa. I enjoy the tongue in cheek reporting.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Gersh’s style is tabloidy and pop culture. That was known going in. I think he’s here to expand the readership, beyond the dull and serious.

    There is a reason Buzzfeed gets more views than the spreadsheets and charts on my blog.

  • kevd

    regarding the airtrain map – every time I’ve looked at the way finding at JFK i’ve wondered how anyone landing there for the first time could possibly figure it out.
    The diagrams (when the intra-airport inner loop is shown going the correct direction, at least) are much better.