Friday’s Headlines: Tish Out Edition

Letitia James. File photo: Matt Cohen
Letitia James. File photo: Matt Cohen
It's our December donation drive. Your gift helps us do important stories. So please click here or the icon above.
It’s our December donation drive. Your gift helps us stay on top of the news. So please click here or the icon above.

We’re really going to miss Tish James in the gubernatorial free-for-all … if only because her departure will likely encourage Mayor de Blasio to run for an off that, even if you like the guy, you know he can’t possibly win.

Everyone covered the departure of James from her quest to succeed the man she helped oust — NY TimesDaily NewsNY PostWall Street JournalWashington Post — but Ross Barkan had a solid analysis of the day Kathy Hochul locked it all up.

In any event, Jumaane Williams is the progressive. Hochul is the pragmatist, that guy from Nassau County is the centrist, and de Blasio is out of room.

In other news:

  • First, again, we like to honor our benefactors from the previous day, who gave from the heart during our annual donation drive. Thanks, Principal Consulting! Thanks, Brandi! Thanks, Dom and Jean! Thanks, Stephen! Thanks, Laura! Thanks, Eileen! Thanks, Luke!
  • Like us, the Daily News covered the death of pedestrian Ramon Pena-Fernandez, who was struck by an SUV driver. But unlike us, they didn’t report how dangerous roadways are in that section of The Bronx.
  • The MTA is no longer working with the transportation company Curb on Access-a Ride. (NYDN)
  • Amtrak is in trouble. (NYDN)
  • In a contentious debate, the City Council voted to give hundreds of thousands of non-citizens the right to vote in municipal elections. (NY Times, Gothamist) Brooklyn Council Member Laurie Cumbo said some of the most contentious stuff.

  • The NYPD is finally taking crime against delivery workers seriously. (NYDN)
  • Wasted space under the Brooklyn Bridge, long used for cars, is now a park. (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Gov. Hochul’s version of Gov. Cuomo’s Penn Station boondoggle is also under fire. (Gothamist)
  • In a related story, Workers Justice Project leader Hildalyn Cohen Hernandez was chosen by incoming Manhattan Borough President Mark Levin for his transition team:

  • And, finally, we enjoyed Doug Gordon’s slice-of-life thread about a crazy honking car driver on his block, but read to the end when that shot meets an incredible chaser:

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Revealed: Council Member Tish James Tells Us Where She’s Been Biking

|
Streetsblog caught up with council members Tish James and Brad Lander for a few minutes at Saturday’s “Building Bridges Bike Day” in Grand Army Plaza. James and Lander represent districts with some of the highest bicycling rates in the city, and they’re getting some mileage out of the local bike infrastructure themselves: Lander arrived via bike, […]

Saturday: Tish James Gets the Word Out on Bike-Ped Unity

|
Brooklyn Council Member Letitia James wants cyclists and pedestrians to get along. This Saturday, she’s hosting what she hopes will be the first annual “Building Bridges Bike Day” at Grand Army Plaza. Council members James, Steve Levin and Brad Lander will all be on hand Saturday, along with representatives from Transportation Alternatives and Recycle-A-Bicycle, to […]

Tish James: We Need to Improve NYC’s Most Unreliable Bus, But…

|
Yesterday the Straphangers Campaign awarded Brooklyn’s B44 the Schleppie Award in recognition of its status as the most unreliable bus route in the city. Over 20 percent of B44 buses, which run on the Nostrand Avenue corridor, arrive either bunched together or very far apart. About 42,000 people endure the route’s maddening inconsistency every weekday. […]

Saturday: Vigil Ride for Cyclist Jasmine Herron

|
Earlier this month, Jasmine Herron was killed while cycling on Atlantic Avenue, after a driver opened her car door and knocked Herron into the path of a bus. She was 23 years old. There will be a vigil ride for Herron this Saturday, the 25th, starting at 8:00 p.m. at the corner of Atlantic and […]

Bikes in Buildings: So Easy, So Effective

|
Front row l-r: Tish James, Paul Steely White, John Liu, David Yassky. Photo: Mike Infranco. With the fallout from Wall Street taking a toll on city coffers, Mayor Bloomberg has a lot of tough calls to make. The "Bikes in Buildings" bill [PDF] is not one of them. It’s a lay-up — a simple rule […]