A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams — Adams is pushing the Freedom Ticket as a way to ease the pain for Brooklyn commuters during a potential L train shutdown.
New York City Councilmembers Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal — Last week, Councilmember Levine urged Manhattan Community Board 7 to support a redesign for Amsterdam Avenue that includes a protected bike lane and shortened crossing distances. Councilmember Rosenthal spoke in favor of the redesign at the CB 7 meeting last night, at which the plan was approved.
New York City Councilmember Costa Constantinides — Councilmember Constantinides proposed lowering the speed limit to 20 mph on several streets to create a slow zone north of Astoria Park, citing the 72 traffic injuries and one death that occurred in that area within the last year.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney — Mayor Kenney announced that he will add a Complete Streets Commissioner to his administration.
Harlem bus riders — Thousands of uptown transit riders will now have smoother commutes thanks to bus lane enforcement cameras on 125th Street which will ticket drivers using or blocking the dedicated bus lane.
Tolland, CT — Tolland Town Council voted unanimously in favor of the eastward extension of CTfastrak, which would serve Tolland between Hartford and the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.
Millburn, NJ — The township unveiled its Complete Streets Initiative, which calls for wider sidewalks, shorter crossings, reverse angle parking and a road diet in downtown Millburn– and it includes a thorough funding plan.
New Jersey Assemblyman Scott Rumana — Assemblyman Rumana suggested further budget cuts and fare hikes for NJ Transit to solve the agency’s funding shortfall.
New York City Councilmember David Greenfield — Councilmember Greenfield introduced a bill to suspend parking meters citywide on Black Friday.
Delaware Office of Highway Safety — Pedestrian fatalities in Delaware have risen steadily since 2013, but the agency’s statewide pedestrian safety initiative will target pedestrians who walk at night without carrying flashlights.
Embassy of the United States, London — U.S. diplomats in London owe more than £10 million ($15 million USD) in unpaid congestion charge fees–by far the most of any of the city’s foreign embassies.