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Jesse Coburn

Jesse Coburn is Streetsblog’s investigative reporter. He won the George Polk Award in 2024 for his investigative series on the black market for temporary license plates. Previously he was a reporter at Newsday and an editor at ARCH+. He has also written for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, Harper’s, Cabinet, Motherboard and other publications.

City Hall Functionary is Quietly Interfering with Critical Street Safety Initiatives: Sources

"He only was going to raise the concerns that you’re going to hear from car drivers," one official said. "He’s never been on the pro-pedestrianization, pro-bike-lane side.”

November 10, 2023

Adams Dismisses Bus, Bike Lane Mile Requirements At DOT Meeting

The Adams Doctrine on safe streets has become clear. And, yes, it involves a metaphor of drowning rats.

November 1, 2023

Three NYC Asphalt Trucks Exploded Last Spring, Raising Safety, Environmental Concerns: Records

The explosions raise questions about the city's decision to use a paving material that other cities have phased out because of safety and environmental risks, an official said.

October 24, 2023

Dump Truck Driver Kills School Crossing Guard in Queens

A right-turning dump truck driver struck and killed a school crossing guard at the corner of two of the city's deadliest roads on Friday morning, police said.

October 20, 2023

‘Betrayal’: Adams Caves to Opposition, Abandons Bus Improvement Plan on Fordham Road

The capitulation on Fordham Road is the latest episode in which the mayor has delayed or watered down a transportation project in deference to powerful interests.

September 22, 2023

‘A Very Dangerous Job’: Dozens of NYC School Crossing Guards Injured by Drivers Since 2012, Records Show

As thousands of guards returned to street corners across the city last week for the reopening of public schools, records obtained by Streetsblog reveal the dangers that guards face on the job.

September 11, 2023

Another Street Redesign Delayed After City Hall Intervenes on Behalf of Powerful Private Interests

Officials from the Adams administration have held up part of yet another long-planned street redesign at the behest of a major local business opposed to part of the plan, three officials told Streetsblog.

August 14, 2023

City Council Requests Federal Help in Fight Against Black Market for Temporary License Plates

Most of the illegal paper tags in New York are from out of state, making a federal solution necessary to fight temp tag fraud, Council members argued in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday.

August 4, 2023

Rep. Adriano Espaillat Rallying Bronx Pols Against Fordham Road Bus Lane Fixes: Sources

While he’s said nothing about the issue publicly, the congressman has been quietly assembling opposition to proposed bus lane upgrades in recent weeks, four officials told Streetsblog.

August 3, 2023

New Jersey Proposes Sweeping Reforms That Would Deal a Blow to Illegal Temp Tag Industry

The proposal, which follows a Streetsblog investigation, would be the most significant revision of the state's dealer regulations in more than a decade.

July 28, 2023