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 — The mayor’s proposed budget would increase funding for Vision Zero by $400 million over six years, which New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said is “an unprecedented commitment of resources for street reconstruction.”
New Haven DOT Director Doug Hausladen — When a member of New Haven’s Board of Alders complained about bicyclists ignoring the rules of the road at a public meeting about the city’s forthcoming bike share program, “Hausladen, an alternative transportation advocate who has spent much of his three-year tenure as transit chief pushing to make New Haven a more bike-friendly city, was ready with a response.”
President Donald Trump — On Tuesday, less than a week after NASA and NOAA reported that 2016 was the hottest year on record, the president signed executive orders approving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and, in a meeting with auto makers, claimed that environmental regulations are “out of control.”
Connecticut Sen. Toni Boucher — Even though voters overwhelmingly reelect candidates who approve raising transportation revenues, Senator Boucher thinks members of the state’s general assembly should be fearful of losing their seats if they support tolls.
NJ Assembly Members Chris Brown, R. Bruce Land and Bob Andrzejczak — The trio of South Jersey lawmakers have proposed legislation which would “walk back many of the pedestrian safety provisions which currently exist in New Jersey.”