Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak | Photo: njleg.state.nj.us

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak | Photo: njleg.state.nj.us

WINNERS

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak — Amid threats of another fare hike, State Senator Lesniak is introducing a bill to give commuters a greater say over NJ Transit decisions.

New York State Assembly — The Assembly wants to limit state aid to the Tappan Zee Bridge project until the state gives up the details of its financial plan, and has proposed increasing funding for statewide transit systems.

Bridgeport, Glastonbury, Hartford, Simsbury, South Windsor and Stamford, CT   Six Connecticut municipalities have signed on to the USDOT Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, more than New York and New Jersey combined.

Linden, NJ — The City Police Department has received a $200,000 grant from the New Jersey Safe Routes to School program for safety improvements near School #1, including the addition of bike racks and sidewalks.

New York City Councilmembers Donovan Richards and Helen Rosenthal — The transportation sector is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases in New Yorka threat to both the environment and residents’ healthand the councilmembers want YOUR help in the fight against violators of the City’s anti-idling law.

LOSERS

Tri-state area motorists – Drivers passing under any of New York State’s 2,078 structurally-deficient bridges, beware. A chunk of concrete from an Interstate 95 overpass in Westchester County fell through the windshield of a car passing below, seriously injuring a Stamford woman.

N/Q/R, J/M/Z, A/C/E, B/D/F/M and G train riders   Despite a $209 million line item in the MTA’s budget for countdown clocks, the clocks are dependent on a multi billion-dollar signal upgrade project which could take years to complete.

Harlem and Upper West Side pedestrians and bicyclists — Local residents, activists and electeds say their community boards are stalling progress on traffic calming projects.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — What’s more disappointing than the governor’s position that there’s no Transportation Trust Fund crisis? That he is now planning to replenish the TTF withyou guessed itmore debt.

2 Comments on "Wednesday Winners (& Losers)"

  1. I have never understood how a (financial) conservative governor would be so happy to put his/her state into more debt rather then take the right step to cover state needs. Really, fixing NJ’s fuel taxes would hardly be painful, while the debt will be quite expensive. Oh – I forgot a certain previous Republican Joisey govner with big political ambitions – what was her name? :-) She pushed so hard for lower taxes while greatly increasing state debt. Maybe she and little Chrissy Christie need a lesson on what conservative really means!

  2. Gee, R Troy, I thought you were criticizing Cuomo. I read again and got it right the second time.

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