A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio — Mayor de Blasio announced the formation of a working group, comprised of the New York City Police Department, Department of Transportation, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and the Taxi & Limousine Commission, which will be tasked with developing a Vision Zero plan by February 15. He also said that New York City ”should not have to constantly go to Albany,” and will pursue home rule over speed enforcement cameras.
Hackensack, NJ — Mayor John Labrosse and the Hackensack City Council are aggressively seeking to be New Jersey’s next Transit Village.
Senator Chris Murphy (CT) — Senator Murphy will lobby for a federal TIGER VI grant to help fund improvements to New Haven’s Orange Street, a critical component of the Elm City’s Downtown Crossing project.
NYC Councilmembers Mark Levine and Adriano Espaillat — Levine — who is just two weeks into his tenure on the City Council — and Espaillat showed strong leadership, despite resistance from Community Board 10, by urging the City to move forward with a 10-block traffic calming plan for Morningside Avenue in Harlem, where more than three-quarters of households do not own cars.
U.S. Representative Richard Hanna (NY) — Congressman Hanna questioned the validity of using fuel taxes to fund transit, invoking the myth that “The federal government subsidizes [transit riders], but…people who use the rest of the transportation system have historically paid directly unsubsidized.”
NY State Senator David Carlucci — Senator Carlucci proposed a tax break for motorists who pay tolls in New York — the last thing elected leaders should be focused on, as it will increase congestion and further favor driving over transit.