Tuesday’s Headlines: Hurricane Vickie Edition

What are you smoking? Weed!
What are you smoking? Weed!

It’s hard not to both be attracted and repulsed by Council Member Vickie Paladino’s made-for-Twitter confrontation with an alleged squatter in her Eastern Queens district. You kinda have to see it to believe it (and wait until the end when the alleged squatter blows pot smoke in the conservative’s face):

We won’t profess to claim we know what’s going on — and none of the other outlets that Paladino alludes to in the video posted stories yesterday — so if we hear anything, we’ll keep you posted. But it’s a truly priceless moment when Paladino threatens the alleged squatter with media coverage:

“The newspapers are going to be here, you know,” she says towards the end.

“To do what?!” the alleged squatter spits back.

It’s must-see TV (but, please, everyone, please: shoot horizontal!)

In other news:

  • The Daily News played up Rep. Ritchie Torres’s concerns about congestion pricing to almost sort of make it seem like The Bronx congressman is now wavering. The Post turned the day into a full on Torres-Malliotakis love fest (which it was not, as we reported). Over at amNY, Kevin Duggan covered Gov. Hochule doubling-down on the vital revenue and traffic mitigation measure, and he also covered Torres’s presser in The Bronx. His colleague Ben Brachfeld covered the Malliotakis-Gottheimer clown convention.
  • Speaking of congestion pricing, it’s weird that the Times still hasn’t covered Wednesday’s release of the environmental assessed on which so many stories have appeared elsewhere. Indeed, it the paper’s coverage yesterday of the MTA’s budget problems, it had to link to a Bloomberg piece on congestion pricing!
  • Maybe that labor dispute with Staten Island Ferry workers is going to be resolved? (The City)
  • Delivery workers are pushing back on NYCHA’s e-bike ban, which seeks to deprive workers of their ability to make a living without giving them tools to succeed. (Gothamist)
  • The Daily News had more on the sad crash death of 74-year-old delivery worker Be Tran. The Post also covered.
  • At last, a parking lot is serving the public (in this case, preventing a casino)! (The City)
  • And, finally, PBS is showing “The Last Cyclist” tonight at 6:30 p.m. It’s not what you think — it’s a drama about victims of a Nazi death camp staging a farce to keep their spirits up, but the play within the play centers on persecution of cyclists. And it stars “Murder at the Food Coop” director Eric Oleson (left in photo below with Patrick Pizzolorusso)!
Photo: Alexander Jorgensen
Photo: Alexander Jorgensen


Thursday’s Headlines: Live on NY1 Edition

Forgive me if I make this quick, but I'm on tap to serve up Borscht Belt shtick as a foil to Pat Kiernan's legendary Canadian politeness on NY1 this morning at around 7:20. Tune in and watch me defend bike lanes. Meanwhile, it was a busy day yesterday, so click for all the news!

Carl Paladino’s Crusade for Free Driving

Last week, we profiled Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s transportation platform, which tended in the direction of airy platitudes. In contrast, his Republican opponent Carl Paladino has probably never been accused of playing things too safe, and on transportation policy, he’s true to form. Paladino’s been blitzing the campaign trail with a no-holds-barred anti-toll, anti-transit message. […]