A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
New York State Senator and Public Authorities Control Board Member Bill Perkins – Senator Perkins penned a letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the Environmental Facilities Corporation loan that points to “an entire host of outstanding questions and legal concerns surrounding this project that have not been answered to the satisfaction of anyone.”
Amazon warehouse workers in Robbinsville, NJ – Amazon is now providing free shuttle service to employees at its Robbinsville warehouse – a promising example of a developer filling the funding gap in a state so strapped for transit funding.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer – In a new report, the Comptroller cites TSTC’s Complete Streets Liability Primer, which shows how Complete Streets can not only prevent injuries, but also protect governments from potential liabilities associated with traffic incidents.
Staten Island Mall owner General Growth Properties – General Growth Properties is filing a parking exemption request with the City so it can replace 281 “underutilized” parking spaces with expanded retail space.
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator John DeFrancisco and State Budget Director Robert Megna – The voting members of the Public Authorities Control Board unanimously approved a raid of water upgrade funds reserved for struggling municipalities to partially finance the Tappan Zee Bridge project.
New York City drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians – According to an analysis of speed camera data compiled by WNYC, it isn’t just privately-owned passenger cars that have been caught speeding — taxis, commercial vehicles and even City- and State-owned vehicles were also caught.