Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

WINNERS

New York Assemblymembers Brian Kavanaugh, Annette Robinson, Vivian Cook, Tom Abinanti, David Buchwald, Amy Paulin, Earlene Hooper and Fred W. Thiele, Jr. — Eight Assemblymembers from Long Island and the Hudson Valley have endorsed legislation to reform tolls on New York City bridges.

New York City District Attorneys Richard Brown, Ken Thompson and Cy Vance — These three district attorneys, representing Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan respectively, penned letters in support of legislation to allow the city to install speed cameras outside every school.

Hoboken Girl Scout Troop 12402 — The troop organized the first annual Hoboken Bike Tour with help from Hoboken City Hall and Police Department.

New Haven bicyclists — A proposal to create the city’s first contra-flow bike lane was unanimously approved by the New Haven Traffic Authority last week. The city also plans to install its first protected bike lanes on Long Wharf Drive and Brewery Street before the end of the year.

New York City bus riders –The first of the MTA’s new bus fleet rolled out in Queens yesterday. Another 68 new buses will hit the streets by this summer.

New York City bicyclists — The NYPD launched a week-long crackdown on drivers who endanger bicyclists by blocking bike lanes.

LOSERS

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz — After Mayor Bill de Blasio instructed DOT to move forward with a plan to install a protected bike lane on Queens Boulevard, BP Katz said the agency should delay the project.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — New Jersey is facing a $1.1 billion budget gap over the next two years. Governor Christie and lawmakers now have six weeks to fill this year’s $487 million shortfall before the end of this fiscal year.

Metro-North riders — Tens of thousands of Metro-North riders were stranded during rush hour after a fire broke out beneath a portion of elevated tracks in East Harlem on Tuesday.

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