A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
New York City Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez and Jimmy Van Bramer — Rodriguez and Van Bramer have introduced new legislation to increase penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a crash where another person is injured.
Stamford, CT Mayor David Martin — After three pedestrian deaths this year, the mayor has launched the Stamford Street Smart initiative.
NJ Transit riders — If approved as the first deputy director in 12 years, Neil S. Yellin, a well-respected transportation professional who has been a champion for riders during his tenures as Senior Vice President of the LIRR and President for MTA’s Long Island Bus, could help round out a solid leadership team at the agency.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx — Secretary Foxx announced today that the Department of Transportation is “putting together the most comprehensive, forward-leaning initiative USDOT has ever put forward on bike/ped issues.”
New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery — After three years with Tri-State, beloved senior staff analyst Renata Silberblatt will now aid in the state’s storm recovery efforts as a policy analyst.
Westbury Village Trustees and Mayor Peter Cavallaro — The village’s board of trustees unanimously approved raising the “unreasonably low” school zone speed limit to 20mph in one area, increasing the likelihood that a pedestrian hit by a motorist will die by 15 percent.
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey — Attention has turned to the agency’s role in the building of the World Trade Center transit hub, now eight years behind schedule and more than $2 billion over budget.