Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
State Legislature

Monday’s Headlines: All Eyes on Carl Heastie Edition

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has a real chance to do the right thing this week — the last of the legislative session until next January. Plus other news.

12:04 AM EDT on June 5, 2023

Does Carl Heastie care?

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has a real chance to do the right thing this week — the last of the legislative session until next January.

But for reasons that he won't share with Streetsblog or other media outlets (such as the Post in its story on the issue), Heastie does not appear to want to pass "Sammy's Law," even though allowing New York City to set its own speed limits finally has the support of the City Council, Gov. Hochul, the state Senate and, as always, advocacy groups such as Transportation Alternatives, Open Plans and Families for Safe Streets.

Members of those groups will rally at 9 a.m. outside of Heastie’s office at 1446 E. Gun Hill Rd. between Morgan and Fenton avenues to demand he support the measure.

In a statement, Families for Safe Streets reminded us why lower speed limits are so crucial:

"Sammy’s Law is named for Sammy Cohen Eckstein, a 12-year-old boy killed by a speeding driver in Brooklyn in 2013 just a few blocks from his home. Since his tragic and preventable death, more than 2,238 people, including 98 children, have been killed in traffic violence in New York City."

The group will also be in Albany the rest of the week with some truly historic demonstrations. Memo from the assignment desk: Be there. We will be.

In other news from the weekend:

  • The West Side Spirit scooped the world with a preview of a report released late in the week that the MTA no longer thinks it can do a new Penn Station with Madison Square Garden in the way. The Post followed.
  • Lithium-ion batteries remain a problem. (NY Post)
  • Even more cops are moving to the suburbs (NY Post). Meanwhile, in Brownsville, citizens are up to the task of policing themselves (NY Times).
  • Council Member Justin Brannan played an unfortunate role in Politico's big story about the rise of MAGA Republicanism in once-progressive New York City. The unfortunate role? Brannan once again reveals how little he wants to battle his Bay Ridge constituents over things that really matter to the livable streets community — even though he knows he should.
  • The Times followed our coverage of the no-brainer of a highway teardown in Syracuse.
  • Former city Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg is apparently going to be the next head of the Federal Aviation Administration. Let's hope she grounds all those unnecessary choppers! (Wall Street Journal)
  • The Daily News looked into a city effort to make a short stretch of Atlantic Avenue better.
  • A subway gate pilot is coming. (NY PostGothamist)
  • Stuyvesant High School is still the northern outpost of Jim Crow. (NY Times)
  • Can we all please remember that the "fight" over pickle ball is really just a fight for the city to create more green space for everyone — kids, seniors, the disabled, biker bros, tai-chi sessions, Zoomba and, yes, all manner of paddle sports. Instead, the media keeps trying to pit groups against each other. (NYDN)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Wednesday’s Headlines: Concerted Effort Edition

The Great Lawn will be closed to the public six weeks earlier than normal because of those damn rockers. Plus other news.

October 4, 2023

Broadway Vision: Watch 15 Years of Transformation in a Single Streetfilm

It's hard to see the big picture of just what has been accomplished between Times and Union squares. That's where Clarence Eckerson Jr. comes in.

October 4, 2023

What Do ‘Livable’ Streets Look Like in an Era of Driverless Cars?

In today's Brake podcast, Kea Wilson asks Bruce Appleyard what future livable streets have in a world of autonomous cars.

October 4, 2023

NYPD Steps Up Effort Against Illegal Mopeds, But Some Advocates Want a Different Approach

The NYPD seized some illegal wheels from delivery workers in the middle of their route on Wednesday, part of a stepped-up effort.

October 4, 2023

Astoria Organizers Lead the Way on Street Safety with a Reddit Strategy

The western Queens neighborhood has become a hub for a new kind of safe street advocacy.

October 3, 2023
See all posts