Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Albany Councilwoman Leah Golby | Photo: albanyny.gov

Albany Councilwoman Leah Golby | Photo: albanyny.gov

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

WINNERS

Councilwoman Leah Golby and the Albany Common Council  – Councilwoman Leah Golby was successful in securing Common Council approval of a red light camera ordinance which stipulates that “All funds in excess of the budgeted revenue… shall be transferred to a Traffic Safety Fund.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio – The mayor signed off on a transit tax benefit bill this week, which will save employers and employees beaucoup bucks each year while also encouraging greater use of public transit.

Hoboken, NJ Mayor Dawn Zimmer – In a move to ease the issues associated with free parking, the City is moving to add more parking meters, the revenue from which would contribute to transportation infrastructure funding.

The Harbor Ring – The advocacy organization’s rally for a bike/ped path across the Verrazano Bridge saw an impressive turn-out of elected officials, local organizations, advocates and residents.

Berlin, CT - After a long wait, the completion of the Depot Crossing transit oriented development project was celebrated this week.

Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission – The coalition of 12 mayors from Hudson and eastern Bergen counties came together to support an extension of the HBLR to Englewood.

Montclair, NJ bicyclists – The city has unveiled its first bike depot with 24 protected spaces for bikes at the Bay Street train station.

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Bridgeport, CT Mayor Bill Finch | Photo: bridgeportct.gov

Bridgeport, CT Mayor Bill Finch | Photo: bridgeportct.gov

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

WINNERS

Bridgeport, CT Mayor Bill Finch – The mayor unveiled a comprehensive safe streets campaign in the city which include short and long-term infrastructure improvements and increased enforcement.

NYPD 78th Precinct – The Park Slope precinct replaced a parking spot in front of the building’s entrance with a bike corral.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams – After seven years with Tri-State, our Associate Director Ryan Lynch will now serve as Policy Director to Borough President Adams.

New York City Department of City Planning – After three years with Tri-State, our Staff Analyst Kathi Ko will now serve as a planner for the Queens Department of Planning.

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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.

Hoboken, NJ Mayor Dawn Zimmer | Photo: http://www.dawnzimmer.com/

Hoboken, NJ Mayor Dawn Zimmer | Photo: dawnzimmer.com

WINNERS

New York City Council – The Council passed two important bills yesterday: one instituting a commuter tax benefit and another setting the city’s default speed limit to 25 mph.

The Business Council of Fairfield County vice president of public policy and programs Joseph J. McGee – McGee pulled together five mayors from Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY to discuss how improving their transportation systems is vital to their cities’ growth.

Hoboken, NJ Mayor Dawn Zimmer – The mayor’s big thinking includes Complete Streets redesigns of Washington Street and Sinatra Drive and a joint-city bike share program with Weehawken.

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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.

Jersey City, NJ Mayor Steven Fulop | Photo: Wikipedia

Jersey City, NJ Mayor Steven Fulop | Photo: Wikipedia

WINNERS

Metropolitan Transportation Authority – The MTA has taken a giant step forward by designing its proposed 2015-2019 Capital Program as an image-rich, stat laden, user-friendly update to its unappealing 2010-2014 Program.

New Hyde Park, NY Village Trustee Donald Barbieri – Barbieri led a successful effort to finally complete Operation Main Street, a project to redesign Jericho Turnpike with safety upgrades, after 12 years.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop – The mayor is seeking to attract New Yorkers to visit Jersey City by bringing Citi Bike to the town.

Connecticut vulnerable users - The state’s Vulnerable Users Law, which mandates a fine of up to $1,000 for any motorist “who fails to exercise reasonable care” and severely injures or kills a bicyclist, pedestrian or other vulnerable user, goes into effect today.

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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.

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman | Photo: nysenate.gov

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman | Photo: nysenate.gov

WINNERS

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman – In response to Senator Hoylman’s letter challenging improper fines issued to cyclists, New York State’s DMV’s Commissioner conducted an internal audit and stated that she is pursuing an overhaul of the agency’s practices with regard to bicycle violations.

North Hempstead, NY Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio – To help alleviate parking woes at LIRR train stations, the councilwoman has proposed a ride-sharing app for Port Washington commuters.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy – For the first time ever, off-peak and weekend Metro-North trains will soon run every 30 minutes between New Haven and New York City, with additional scheduling improvements to prevent crowding on trains.

Green Brook, NJ – Somerset County is the recipient of a NJTPA grant to redesign a dangerous stretch of Washington Avenue in Green Brook with road safety improvements, including bicycle-friendly infrastructure.

AAA – AAA New York has joined Tri-State’s call to dedicate revenue generated from Albany’s proposed red light camera enforcement program to traffic calming projects.

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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.

New York City Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. | Photo: council.nyc.gov

New York City Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. | Photo: council.nyc.gov

WINNERS

Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 - Regional Administrator Judith Enck’s office was the only government office brave enough to stand up to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s attempt to raid Environmental Facilities Corporation water and sewer funding for the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction project.

R Train riders - The Montague Street Tunnel storm recovery project has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

New York City Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. – Queens commuters are applauding the stellar service provided by the new Q114 route, and the Councilman has plans to further expand service in the borough.

Metro-North Railroad - The agency launched a pilot program for bike racks on Connecticut’s New Haven line trains, and also received an award from the 2014 BuildSmart NY Awards for its Grand Central terminal energy conservation projects.

New Jersey Transit –While only a partial solution to addressing capacity concerns, the agency will be replacing all current train cars with double decker designs and all buses with a fleet of longer designs with more seats.

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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.

New York City Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Ydanis Rodriguez | Photo: council.nyc.gov

New York City Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Ydanis Rodriguez | Photo: council.nyc.gov

WINNERS

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer — The senator has secured a $25 million grant to enable the NYC DOT to implement 13 projects to improve roadway safety as well as access to schools and transit.

New York City Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez and Jimmy Van Bramer — Rodriguez and Van Bramer have introduced new legislation to increase penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a crash where another person is injured.

Stamford, CT Mayor David Martin — After three pedestrian deaths this year, the mayor has launched the Stamford Street Smart initiative.

NJ Transit riders — If approved as the first deputy director in 12 years, Neil S. Yellin, a well-respected transportation professional who has been a champion for riders during his tenures as Senior Vice President of the LIRR and President for MTA’s Long Island Bus, could help round out a solid leadership team at the agency.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx — Secretary Foxx announced today that the Department of Transportation is “putting together the most comprehensive, forward-leaning initiative USDOT has ever put forward on bike/ped issues.”

New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery — After three years with Tri-State, beloved senior staff analyst Renata Silberblatt will now aid in the state’s storm recovery efforts as a policy analyst.

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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.

New York City Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Mark Levine | Photo: council.nyc.gov

New York City Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Mark Levine | Photo: council.nyc.gov

WINNERS

Margaret Chin and Mark Levine – After several traffic crashes involving pedestrians in recent weeks, New York City Councilmembers Chin and Levine are calling on the New York City Department of Transportation to implement safety improvements in their districts.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop – Mayor Fulop’s Administration is working to “help tame the streets of the state’s second-largest city” by initiating a trial run of a car-free zone along Newark Avenue.

Berlin, Meriden, New Britain and Stratford, CT – The four communities were collectively awarded $6.6 million in state grants and loans to clean up brownfield sites for transit-oriented development projects.

Companies embracing bike share – Companies ranging from American Express to General Motors are incorporating bike share programs into their workplaces to encourage employees “to get out and be active during the workday.”

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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.

New York City Councilmembers Reynoso, Cornegy and Menchaca | Photos: council.nyc.gov

New York City Councilmembers Reynoso, Cornegy and Menchaca | Photos: council.nyc.gov

WINNERS

Antonio Reynoso, Robert Cornegy and Carlos Menchaca - The New York City Councilmembers are part of an unofficial “bike caucus” pushing for “bike forums” with constituents and more bike infrastructure across the city.

Frederick Amoafo - The cab driver was honored as the safest taxi driver in the city as part of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission’s first-ever Honor Roll. His own son was hit by a vehicle two years ago, which has brought the issue of pedestrian safety home to Mr. Amoafo.

Richard Meurer - The developer of New Jersey’s new solar-powered transit village combined alternative energy with transportation alternatives.

CT Transit riders - Real-time bus data will be available on the agency’s website in the near future, and by next spring, on riders’ smart phones.
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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.

New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle | Photo: Bergen Dispatch

New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle | Photo: Bergen Dispatch

WINNERS

Mayor Ralph Ekstrand – The Farmingdale mayor insists that the village will be Long Island’s next downtown destination, citing music events and the transit-oriented development project near the LIRR station that will include 154 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space.

City Representative David Kooris – In response to Tri-State’s Older Pedestrians at Risk analysis, the newly-elected City of Stamford representative intends to “propose an ordinance next month to require city engineers to include pedestrian-friendly design components” into road projects as a way to improve safety for older citizens.

Bill Lindmeier - Tunnel Vision, a newly-launched app created by Mr. Lindmeier, augments any subway map with interactive data about that subway station and the surrounding neighborhood.

Sunnyside, Queens - After the number of businesses awarded a “bike-friendly” label by Transportation Alternatives topped 70, the advocacy group declared the entire neighborhood to be a bike-friendly business district.

New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle – In addition to being the sponsor for a Port Authority transparency bill, the assemblywoman is now working with other state and local electeds to find a long-term solution to protect bicyclists riding along route 9W.
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