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Meet the New Boss

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  Multiple sources say that Mayor Bloomberg has chosen Urbitran Chairman and CEO Michael Horodniceanu as New York City’s next transportation commissioner. Iris Weinshall’s last day on the job will be Friday, April 13. No word yet on when the official announcement will be.

Mayor Bloomberg at the Crossroads: Who Will Run DOT?

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With DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall set to depart city government in three weeks, sources say that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is close to announcing her replacement. The Mayor’s choice will have a profound impact on day-to-day neighborhood life as well as the City of New York’s long-term future. Though the DOT commissioner job search has barely […]

Old Gray Lady Gets on the Bandwagon

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The New York Times came out advocating for progressive transportation policies in its Sunday City section editorial, saying that the departure of DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall presents "a great opportunity to take bold action on a vexing quality of life and health issue: traffic congestion." After giving Weinshall props for her actions on the Queens […]

The Iris Weinshall Legacy: Queens Boulevard

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"What became clear to me in this discussion was that the engineers were thinking from the motorists’ viewpoint."  — Iris Weinshall, New York Newsday, April 29, 2001   A long walk across Queens Blvd. at Grand Ave., Elmhurst, circa March 2001. Photo: Jeff Saltzman Departing Department of Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall often cites the pedestrian […]

DOT Commissioner Water Cooler Chatter

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Sources say… Janette Sadik-Khan is a front-runner to take over as DOT Commissioner after Iris Weinshall leaves the job on April 13. "It’s her job. She just has to decide whether she wants it." Joan McDonald, senior vice president at the Economic Development Corporation, has been ruled out. She will not get the job. Dan […]

Bloomberg Admin Misses “Golden Opportunity” on Intro. 199

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In the latest issue of Mobilizing the Region, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign questions how the Bloomberg Administration’s purported commitment to long-term planning and sustainability squares with the Department of Transportation’s opposition to Intro. 199, City Council legislation aimed at collecting better data on how New York City’s streets are managed and used: Testifying before the […]