Thursday’s Headlines: Just Sell the Car Edition

The City has been ALL OVER this story. This is their picture.
The City has been ALL OVER this story. This is their picture.

Well, we told you it would be a busy day, with a big bill passing at City Hall (amNY had it, too) and a big motor scooter expansion, and it was, even with the TLC “dialogue” ride canceled by rain and the Vision Zero trial postponed by a judge’s unannounced illness.

So let’s just get to the news:

  • That was a hell of a throwback community board meeting at Brooklyn CB1, which is under fire for using $26,000 in taxpayer money to buy an SUV. The public rightly berated the board for its misplaced priorities, the board chair berated back — and the district manager, a guy out of central casting, argued he’s underpaid at $125,000 a year! (The City)
  • We thought the Times went a bit too easy on Uber and Lyft in its massive, Pulitzer-ready takedown of the taxi medallion scam, arguing that the disruptive app-based taxis haven’t hurt yellows and greens that much. Well, thank you, Clayton Guse for confirming our suspicions that the Times underestimated the damage (NYDN). Guse was too nice to point it out, but the Times’s story said yellow revenues were down only 10 percent, but it’s more like 36 percent.
  • In other Times news, Emma Fitzsimmons did the broad overview of the e-scooter debate, built party on some great and uncredited Streetsblog reporting by David Meyer.
  • We really enjoyed the transit town hall on NY1, though the only light it shed is that no one bothers to even ask what happened to the MTA capital plan that Cuomo still owes $7.3 BILLION on.
  • Now you know why street safety advocates hate the private carting business. (NYPost)
  • Chaos on the 1 train. (Gothamist)
  • Gothamist also covered the mini-motorcycle expansion.
  • And finally, do not watch this video of a pole-dancing subway rat. (You’re gonna watch, right?) (Gothamist)
  • Larry Littlefield

    “No one bothers to even ask what happened to the MTA capital plan that Cuomo still owes $7.3 BILLION on.”
    Cuomo AND DeBlasio. They keep lying because they can get away with it. There was $485 million for mass transit capital funding in the city’s budget this year. That is proposed to disappear. Presumably that cut was matched by the state.
    That capital plan was flat out fraud.
    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/deblasios-new-york-city-budget-defunding-the-mta-capital-plan-planning-for-a-federal-and-state-teacher-pension-bailout/

  • Joe R.

    If they used less than $200 worth of gas, wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just take Uber, Lyft, or a taxi to community board functions instead of buying an SUV which mostly sits there unused? It’s exactly due to this kind of illogical thinking that lots of people in this city own cars they seldom use.

  • AMH

    And I’d like to see SUVs banned from the city government. If they must have cars, they could at least set an example by using compacts.

  • John Smith

    The solution to the private carting issue is simple – internalize the costs of the pollution those trucks emit and the damage they do to the roadways, and they would disappear quickly. Of course the Sanitation Department should be made to answer for the same as well.

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Wednesday’s Headlines: A Very Full Day Ahead Edition

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It's going to be a busy day, what with a court hearing on Mayor de Blasio's Morris Park Avenue safety redesign at 9:30, an announcement by Revel scooters at 11 a.m., a press conference on Antonio Reynoso's private carting reform bill, then the passage of the Vision Zero Design Standards bill by the Council, despite Mayor de Blasio's opposition, and then we'll end the day with a Taxi and Limousine Commission "dialogue ride" between cyclists and cabbies. Start with the news.