Advocates Announce Investigation Into NYPD's Handling of Traffic Deaths

The pedestrian and bicycle safety advocacy group Transportation Alternatives held a rally today to announce the launch of an investigation into the New York City Police Department’s traffic crash investigation practices.

“We are here on behalf of the hundreds killed and thousands injured by traffic violence every year to demand that Ray Kelly institute a zero tolerance policy for this carnage,” said Paul Steely White, executive director of the group. “It’s the NYPD’s job to keep dangerous driving in check by holding reckless drivers accountable, but they are simply not taking that job seriously. Their cavalier attitude to the epidemic of lawless driving is absolutely unacceptable.” Continue reading “Advocates Announce Investigation Into NYPD's Handling of Traffic Deaths”

Cuomo Cautions Against Future Albany Gridlock

andrew cuomo1 Cuomo Cautions Against Future Albany GridlockAndrew Cuomo made clear this morning that Albany must not become a Washington of the north as lawmakers prepare to close a $3 billion state budget gap.

“I have talked to all sorts of peopple and getting all the best ideas we can,” the governor told radio host Susan Arbetter. “What is the best, most creative state program to generate jobs and we are working through that right now. Step two will be, I will get with the legislative leaders and find out what their thinking is,tell them what my thinking is. What is crucially important here is that we get something done at the end of the day. I don’t want Albany to be gridlocked like the Washington process which has been very destructive for the country and the state.” Continue reading “Cuomo Cautions Against Future Albany Gridlock”

Mayor Bloomberg: 'I Have My Own Army'

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Mayor Bloomberg (Getty)

In a speech at MIT last night to discuss the packed sweepstakes to build a tech campus in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said he prefers City Hall to the White House. Almost immediately after Mayor Bloomberg dampened recent speculation he’s eyeing a White House bid, he added fuel to the fire by explaining why a mayor would be the best person for the job. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg: 'I Have My Own Army'”

Morning Read: Money for Bribes But Not Wages; Liu's Travel Companion; Bloomberg Eyes the Exits

Andrew Cuomo is considering an overhaul of the tax code which would include a new bracket for upper-income earners, a move that would appeal to his liberal allies but anger many of his supporters in the business community.

William Boyland has a hit “a new low” in the history of corrupt politicians, the Times writes, soliciting bribes to pay for his lawyers defending him from separate bribery charges.

“The extent of the charged corruption is staggering,” said US Attorney Loretta Lynch.

And it get worse–Boyland claimed per diem expenses in Albany on the days he was in Brooklyn soliciting the bribes. Continue reading “Morning Read: Money for Bribes But Not Wages; Liu's Travel Companion; Bloomberg Eyes the Exits”

Big Architecture: AIA New York Has Shaped the City, But Can it Reshape City Hall?

Last month, Mayor Bloomberg stood in a shiny white conference room inside Department of Buildings headquarters on lower Broadway, two blocks from City Hall. He was surrounded by some of his top deputies and a giant flatscreen monitor mounted on the wall. Welcome to the Hub, a new high-tech system that allows the city’s architects and engineers for the first time to interface with plan examiners at the 17 different departments with oversight of their projects simultaneously.

“We all heard horror stories about delays in the approval process that cost time and money,” Mayor Bloomberg told reporters.

Standing at the podium beside the buildings commissioner and landmarks chair, closer to the mayor than the reps for the Real Estate Board and developer the Related Companies, was a striking woman in a black tweed dress and gray cardigan.

Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, along with her members at the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects, where she is currently serving as president, have told the city more of these horror stories than anyone else, and it was through their advocacy, their lobbying, that the mayor and the Department of Buildings ultimately created the Hub. Read More

What Does Howard Wolfson Want?

wolfson official 2 What Does Howard Wolfson Want? It is not hard to imagine that four years ago, if a few thousand Iowans had decided to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton instead of Barack Obama, Howard Wolfson would now be at the front podium of the White House briefing room, whacking the Washington press corps for their supposed slights against President Clinton, or flying around the world on Air Force One, given a seat in a sweet spot near the Leader of the Free World, whispering into her ear about the political and historical ramifications of whatever crisis of the moment was unfolding. Continue reading “What Does Howard Wolfson Want?”

FBI: Boyland Caught With Hand In Cookie Jar Again

alg william boyland FBI: Boyland Caught With Hand In Cookie Jar AgainSome people just never learn.

Just weeks after he beat federal corruption charges describing him as a “a paid advocate in Albany, a politician on the take,” Brooklyn assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr. was arrested by the FBI again this morning – for taking bribes to pay the lawyers defending him in the first bribe-taking trial.

Continue reading “FBI: Boyland Caught With Hand In Cookie Jar Again”