A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
New York Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz — In a letter to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, and at a press conference in Manhattan on Tuesday, Dinowitz and members of the New York State Assembly called for a “comprehensive plan” for turning around New York City’s floundering bus system.
U.S. Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bob Menendez and Chuck Schumer — The quartet of senators from New York and New Jersey are pressing USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao to justify the withdrawal of a rule that would have expanded sleep apnea testing requirements for commercial truck drivers and train operators.
Protectors of the Second Avenue bike lane — Volunteers with Transportation Alternatives lined up alongside the bike lane on Manhattan’s Second Avenue between 45th and 44th Streets — a segment that has no physical barrier to keep vehicles out of the bike lane — essentially serving as “human bollards.”
Stamford, CT Rep. John Zelinsky — Distracted pedestrians can’t really harm anybody but themselves, but that’s not stopping the 40-year veteran of Stamford’s Board of Representatives from proposing this “solution without a problem” which would outlaw texting while walking.
New York Assembly Member Diana Richardson — The assembly member from Brooklyn blasted a 20-year-old NYPD traffic enforcement agent on Facebook for doing his job: ticketing her illegally parked Nissan.