A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY), New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez, Helen Rosenthal and Jimmy Van Bramer — At the World Day of Remembrance in New York City last weekend, each of these elected leaders pledged to say “crash,” not “accident.”
U.S. Senators Cory Booker (NJ) and Tom Carper (DE) and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ) — Senators Booker and Carper led 26 other senators to urge the House-Senate transportation bill conferees to maximize annual investment by shortening the bill’s authorization period. Representative Pallone called on Congress to reject the Herrera Beutler amendment, which, if enacted, would cut $1.6 billion in funding from the transit-dense Northeast.
Queens Community Board 9 member Joel Kuszai — At a recent Queens CB 9 meeting, the Woodhaven resident urged people who oppose Select Bus Service to cite facts–not anecdotes or conjecture–to support their positions.
Bronx & Manhattan residents — By mid-2016, 37 underground subway stations in the Bronx and Manhattan will have high speed wi-fi. Also, the Randall’s Island Connector is officially open, making it the second bike-pedestrian pathway between the two boroughs.
West Windsor, NJ — The township now requires all affordable housing units to provide indoor bike parking.
Connecticut Senate President Martin Looney and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey — The Nutmeg State’s Democratic leaders have proposed delaying the transfer of $35 million in sales tax revenues to the Special Transportation Fund which “would push the [fund] into deficit this fiscal year.”
Queens Borough Board and Borough President Melinda Katz — The Queens Borough Board rejected the proposed changes to the city’s zoning code due to concerns surrounding the elimination of parking requirements from new developments within a half-mile of a subway station.
NYPD 46th Precinct — In the first half of 2015, one out of every six jaywalking tickets issued in New York City came from the 46th precinct in the the west Bronx.
New Jersey — The Transportation Trust Fund is on its last leg now that the state sold $627 million in bonds to cover infrastructure spending through June 30, 2016. Also this week, New Jersey Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim announced she will be leaving the agency in December to become the President of New York City Transit.