Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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NYC Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg | Photo: nyc.gov

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

WINNERS

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto – With the state’s Transportation Trust Fund “run dry, starved of revenue for close to 20 years”, Assembly Speaker Prieto has joined Tri-State and other advocates in calling for a “modernization” of the state’s gas tax, which is currently the second lowest in the country.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone – As the benefits of sustainable, transit-oriented development are becoming more widely acknowledged on Long Island and with success stories such as the rebirth of previously downtrodden downtown Patchogue Village, it’s no surprise that County Executive Bellone would double the amount of funding available for downtown revitalization projects from $250,000 in 2013 to $500,000 for 2014.

New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg – Commissioner Trottenberg made a strong leap from rhetoric into action last week as she announced Atlantic Avenue is to became the first arterial slow zone in New York – “We’re going to be demonstrating our commitment today to Vision Zero and declaring once again the de Blasio administration wants to reduce fatalities across New York City.” Though the speed limit reduction is slight, officials say that New York City police officers will also zero in on traffic violations in the area, and there is still hope for speed cameras to be added to the project.

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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Stamford Mayor David Martin | Photo: Lindsay Perry/Stamford Advocate

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

Winners

New York City pedestrians and bicyclists  The Vision Zero movement is gaining momentum, with pedestrian and bike safety measures underway in BrooklynQueensupper Manhattan and lower Manhattan. On top of that, Congressman Joe Crowley, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, announced his Pedestrian Fatalities Reduction Act bill last week, and after impressive turnouts at town hall meetings, NYC DOT has announced upcoming Vision Zero workshops across the five boroughs.

Berlin, Connecticut  Governor Malloy announced last week that the central Connecticut town, which will have a stop on the future New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line, will receive a $500,000 grant to help develop ”a more accessible, more walkable hub for transit, commerce and culture in downtown Berlin.”

Stamford, CT Mayor David Martin  In his State of the City address on Tuesday, Mayor Martin said he plans to advocate for improvements to Metro-North which he says “is more important to the city of Stamford and [its] economic prosperity than any other single issue.”

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

NYC Councilmember Mark Levine | Photo: council.nyc.gov

NYC Councilmember Mark Levine | Photo: council.nyc.gov

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

Winners

New Jersey Department of Transportation  NJDOT unveiled an updated reconstruction plan for Route 35 in Ocean County, which will include bike lanes along the majority of the project area.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer  Senator Schumer announced that he will push to include a monthly $20 tax benefit for commuters who use Citi Bike (and other bike share programs) in a Senate tax bill, which is set to be debated this week.

NYC Councilmember Mark Levine  Councilmember Levine introduced a bill that would help make crossings safer for blind pedestrians by doubling the number of audible crossing signals that the City is required to install each year.

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

Connecticut House Speaker Brendan Sharkey | Photo: Lindsay Perry

Winners

New York State Senators Phil Boyle and Kenneth LaValle — Senators Boyle and LaValle wrote a letter to State Senator Joseph Robach, who is Chairman of the [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak | Photo: njleg.state.nj.us

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

Winners

New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak — Senator Lesniak proposed a gas tax increase – “long considered the third rail of New Jersey politics” — of five cents each [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

New York Assemblymember Edward Hennessey called for more pedestrian and bicycle funding and tougher penalties on hit-and-run drivers Saturday. | Photo: Ed Betz/Newsday

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

Winners

New York Assemblymember Edward Hennessey — Assemblymember Hennessey called for $20 million in additional state funding [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

New York Assemblymembers Nily Rozic, Dick Gottfried, Jim Brennan and Michael DenDekker rallied with transit advocates last Sunday.  | Photo: Dan Rivoli/AM New York

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

Winners

New York Assemblymembers Jim Brennan, Michael DenDekker, Dick Gottfried and [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

NYC Councilmember David Greenfield | Photo: council.nyc.gov

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

Winners

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo —  The Governor tacked an amendment onto his Executive Budget that proposes the authorization of speed enforcement cameras near schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties, with a limit [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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Congressman Steve Israel announced that he will sign on as a co-sponsor to the Safe Streets Act of 2013 Tuesday in Suffolk County. | Image: Newsday

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

Winners

U.S. Representative Steve Israel — In response to housing the region’s most deadly road for walking in his district, Congressman Israel (D-N.Y.) held a press conference along Jericho Turnpike to announce his co-sponsorship of the Safe Streets Act of 2013, which requires transportation projects paid for with federal dollars to accommodate all users, including pedestrians, transit riders and bicyclists.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — Mayor de Blasio outlined his administration’s Vision Zero plan on Tuesday, which is comprised of 63 “”tried and tested” ideas designed to dramatically reduce pedestrian and cyclist fatalities.”

Connecticut Department of Transportation — ConnDOT is adding sidewalks and narrowing lanes on Route 1 – Connecticut’s most dangerous road for pedestrians — which will provide space for a wider shoulder.

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. | Photo: Newsday/

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone asked the State for additional transit funding and the power to install speed enforcement cameras. | Photo: Newsday/John Paraskevas

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

Winners

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone — Bellone lobbied New York State legislators for the power to install speed enforcement cameras in school zones, and also asked for an additional $10 million for Suffolk County Transit.

NJ Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto — In a candid discussion with the Star-Ledger editorial board, Prieto said the New Jersey Legislature should consider raising the gasoline tax, “which at 14.5 cents a gallon is the third lowest in the nation after Alaska and Wyoming.”

NY State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assemblymember Gabriela Rosa, NYC Councilmembers Mark Levine and Ydanis Rodriguez, and advocates from across New York — Advocates from across the Empire State traveled to Albany yesterday to talk with legislators about dedicated state funding for active transportation. The quartet of uptown Manhattan elected officials joined in the chorus by penning a letter to Governor Cuomo asking for dedicated funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects in his executive budget.

Stamford, CT — A new fare-free trolley service will launch Friday that will connect Stamford’s South End with downtown Stamford and the city’s transportation hub.

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