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Thursday’s Headlines: More Cuomo vs. De Blasio Shenanigans Edition

12:05 AM EDT on April 30, 2020

Is anyone going to actually help the homeless people?

That question seemed secondary as the three-front battle among the MTA, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio continued on Wednesday. Make it a four-front war: the media is involved, too.

The Daily News spun it as another example of the Big Dog and the Tall Man talking "past each other" (though both love the idea of more police). The Post continued its wall-to-wall coverage, with stories about Cuomo demanding more disinfectant for subway trains, and how crime is still a problem in the subway, according to Gov. Cuomo, plus an editorial (slamming de Blasio, of course).

The Wall Street Journal and amNY went with the mayor's plan to kick everyone off the subway one stop before the final station on 10 lines. The Times blew it off. Even Streetsblog had a take (namely that de Blasio and Cuomo should focus on the "home" part of homelessness").

Meanwhile, it's probably going to rain all day, thanks to a storm stretching from Havana to the Hudson Bay and back around to Louisville. So snuggle up with our other headlines:

    • The city announced that Citi Bike would make it to The Bronx next week, finally bringing the blue bikes to the mainland borough seven years after the system launched (NYDN). On the downside, Lyft, which owns Citi Bike, announced a nearly 20-percent staff cut yesterday, which means it will be harder to keep expanding the system going forward (Gothamist).
    • Wait, now the White House is going to tell us how to run our own transit systems when this is all over? (Washington Post)
    • Be careful what you wish for: Tonight, one of Indian Points two remaining reactors will be decommissioned, with the other following early next year. The result will be more fossil fuel combustion. (NYDN)
    • Friend of Streetsblog Noah Budnick was eager to spread the news that Taste of Persia, which was evicted from its tiny corner of a Midtown pizzeria, is back. (The New Yorker)
    • And, finally, Zoom isn't making you crazy only because of your co-workers. (NY Times)

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