Monday’s Headlines: Ruben Diaz Sr.’s Open Homophobia Edition

We’re a registered non-profit, so we can’t endorse or criticize politicians, but we can cover their positions and statements. So in case you missed it, Council Member Ruben Diaz Sr. made remarks that were objectively homophobic and will likely lead to him losing leadership posts in the Council — and maybe his seat, as Jimmy Van Bramer suggested. So stay tuned.

For now, here’s the rest of the news:

  • Proving once again that she is a national treasure, Nicole Gelinas argued in the New York Post that drivers need to pay more to use New York City streets — and congestion pricing is just the start.
  • In addition to his scoop today, Streetsblog’s David Meyer had a nice scooplet about a new placard that may be showing up soon at an illegal parking spot near you.
  • In case you missed it, Comptroller Scott Stringer put out a report late last week slamming the MTA for a culture of “obfuscation,” which must be a fancy word for all those garbled announcements. (NYDN, amNY)
  • Following Dana Rubinstein’s take last week, the Times metro section finally weighed in on Gov. Cuomo’s mockery of an MTA station-cleaning effort.
  • The A train has some new cars (Jose Martinez via Twitter)
  • Car carnage in Long Island and Queens (NY Post) and more in Long Island (NYDN)
  • mfs

    Um, I think you’re allowed to criticize elected officials. In fact, I hope you do.

  • StanChaz

    You say that as a non-profit you can’t criticize politicians???
    What crap – Streetsblog dislikes the Mayor and shows it all the time.
    By the way, non-profits should have the MOST freedom to express themselves,
    since they are not beholden to advertisers, just their audience.
    Radio station WBAI comes to mind.

  • FedUp

    This is yet another way where Gersh is proving he isn’t the right choice for editor. I hope Mark Gorton and other funders/donors are paying attention

  • macartney

    Sorry, Gersh but no one who works for Manhattan Institute is a national treasure. And definitey not someone who has never apologized for and retracted her insanely racist pieces about black folk in New Orleans. (For example: “But day in and day out, New Orleans’ black criminal class victimizes other blacks. ” Like her obsession with fare evasion, how come she don’t feel this way about white folks with power? Why is she only fixated on poor black and brown people? Who knows ¯_(?)_/¯) Safe streets/bike/transit people really need to read her old pieces before they start pushing her forward.

  • I remember this website doing endorsements at election time?

  • FedUp

    Exactly. Nicole’s work on livable streets and pricing is good, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  • redbike

    It’s become abundantly clear: criticizing Gersh is time wasted. With regard to the substance of your comment, while Nicole Gelinas’s political affiliation always flashes a yellow “caution” light for me, on an issue-by-issue basis, I’ll accept political allies where I find ’em. I need all the help I can get. Specific to the linked Post article, Gelinas does support a version of congestion pricing, but more important, consider:

    The city, meanwhile, controls pricing for parked vehicles, and it should charge market rates for parking.

    Universal camera enforcement for red-light runners and for drivers cutting into bus lanes could free up resources for other forms of enforcement.

    The city should revoke the more than 100,000 legal placards it has given out


    Pedestrians, too, need more space.

    I’m going out on a limb here, but try this on for size: I suspect more folks read her comments than yours or mine. Maybe — just maybe — her comments have nudged some opinions in directions livable streets advocates would like to see.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Perhaps they got in trouble.

  • Oh sure Ruben, everyone is gay except you. Sure. LOL

    I’ve heard this story way too many times. I would bet a hundred bucks Ruben is as gay as they come. Not that there’s anything wrong with that of course.

  • AMH
  • AMH

    Good reminder. I like her street safety related stuff, but that’s about it.

  • Ian Turner

    I don’t.

  • AMH

    Suddenly those outfits make sense.

  • Wilfried84

    Hmm, that never occurred to me. They can’t be partisan, and endorse candidates, but can they endorse ballot initiatives?

  • redbike


    all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office

    but issue advocacy isn’t mentioned.

    It looks like you nailed it.

  • Moe

    What is the Rev. Diaz story doing here? What does it have to do with transportation?

    Do we want to drive away conservative cyclists?

    Not every one shares Kuntzman’s far left politics. He should stick to transportation at this site.

  • Joe R.


  • Rider

    Actually, it is relevant to transportation because Diaz is chair of the for-hire vehicle committee. But Gersh forgot to mention that because he is writing for an audience of one: himself.