Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

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

Winners

NY Assembly Members Robert Carroll, Carmen de la Rosa and Jeffrey Dinowitz and Senators Michael Gianaris and Brad Hoylman — Members of the New York Assembly and Senate joined advocates in Times Square to urge Governor Cuomo to restore $65 million in MTA funding.

Ridgefield, CT First Selectman Rudy Marconi — Marconi testified in support of re-establishing tolls on Connecticut highways at a Transportation Committee hearing this week, saying, “You’re going to pay to ride the train, pay to fly in a plane — you need to pay to use our roads.”

Stamford, CTJim Travers, who presided over a tenfold increase in bike lanes during his tenure as New Haven’s transportation director, will take the helm of Stamford’s Transportation Bureau.

Losers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — Contrary to what MTA Interim Board Chair Fernando Ferrer says, the governor proposed $65 million cut in promised funds to the MTA, and both Democrats and Republicans think it should be restored.

Port Authority — The Port Authority’s recently-approved capital plan allocates too much for airport transit, and not enough for replacing the Port Authority Bus Terminal or adding PATH station capacity.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano — Ten Nassau Inter County Express (NICE) bus routes will be eliminated due to Nassau’s inability to fill a budget gap.

Citi Bike riders — People who use New York’s (100 percent privately-funded) bike share system pay the world’s highest bike share fees.

President Donald J. Trump — The president, who has displayed an affinity for making up his own facts, falsely claimed that tiles are falling from the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and the Lincoln Tunnel.

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