The streets of Niou's district are overrun by car traffic taking advantage of the free East River bridges, while the overwhelming majority of households do not own a car. Nevertheless, she wants a resident exemption from congestion pricing.
Maintaining streets is one of NYC DOT's core functions. But once fresh asphalt is down, the wait for new markings can drag on, and for streets in the bike network, that can mean the loss of protection for weeks at a time.
In the 2nd District, which spans the East Village and Lower East Side, there are seven candidates to succeed term-limited Rosie Mendez: Ronnie Cho, Erin Hussein, Juan Pagan, Carlina Rivera, Jasmin Sanchez, Mary Silver, and Jorge Vasquez.
Many candidates endorsed the general concept of reducing car traffic and improving bus service and bicycling, but few would commit to the specific idea of a 14th Street dedicated solely to car-free transportation.