A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Councilmember Jimmy Vacca and Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg — During a tense Throggs Necks Merchants Association meeting last week, Mayor de Blasio, Councilmember Vacca and Commissioner Trottenberg defended a Vision Zero redesign of East Tremont Avenue, one of the most crash-prone streets in the city.
New York City Councilmember Dan Garodnick — Councilmember Garodnick introduced legislation to prohibit taxi drivers with three license suspensions over a decade from renewing their TLC licenses.
City of Hartford and the Capital Region Development Authority — The city and CRDA are working to replace three square blocks’ worth of surface parking in downtown Hartford with housing and restaurants.
President Obama — The Obama administration announced new regulations on fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions for trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles that will ultimately cut carbon emissions by 1.1 billion metric tons and oil consumption by tens of billions of barrels.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto — The stalemate continues as New Jersey’s elected leaders can’t even agree to sit down and discuss fixing the state’s transportation funding mess.
New York State Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. — Senator Addabbo is still working hard to block the city’s plan to bring better bus service to Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards.
New York State Senator Martin Golden and City Councilmember Alan Maisel — Senator Golden and Councilmember Maisel successfully campaigned to undo a street redesign in Marine Park that included a parking-protected bike lane.
The planet — July 2016 was not only the tenth hottest consecutive month, but also the hottest month in 136 years of recorded history.