De Blasio Insists There’s No ‘Crackdown’ on Subway Pandhandling

Bill de Blasio is shaking hands, not panhandling. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio is shaking hands, not panhandling. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted today that any claims of a “crackdown” on panhandling in the city’s subway system are overrated.

Asked by WNYC radio show host Brian Lehrer whether the “crackdown on subway panhandling” was “consistent with your vision of how the NYPD should treat poor people who are basically innocent of crimes?” Mr. de Blasio said he wanted “to reframe the question” before answering. Continue reading “De Blasio Insists There’s No ‘Crackdown’ on Subway Pandhandling”

MTA Negotiations Push Possible LIRR Strike to July

Anthony Simon, General Chairman of the United Transportation Union addresses press
Anthony Simon, General Chairman of the United Transportation Union addresses press today.

A potential Long Island Rail Road workers strike has been postponed from its proposed March 21 date–but slow negotiations with MTA officials may cause the strike to resume in full force this July. Continue reading “MTA Negotiations Push Possible LIRR Strike to July”

Google Maps Eliminating Phantom Subway Stop

The mysterious and non-existent "11th Street Cut."
The mysterious and non-existent “11th Street Cut” N station. (Google Maps)

Google will eliminate a phantom subway stop that found its way onto the company’s ubiquitous mapping site, after a Politicker inquiry on the subject.

The current version of the map claims the N train makes a stop just after the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City. According to the map, the “11th Street Cut” is the N train’s first stop in Queens after crossing over from the east side of Manhattan. Its iconic blue “M” puts it several blocks west of the Queensboro Plaza 7/N/Q stop and a block south of the Queensbridge F stop, not far from the neighborhood’s waterfront. Continue reading “Google Maps Eliminating Phantom Subway Stop”

Bill de Blasio Labels MTA the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’

A scene in the New York City subway. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty)
A scene in the New York City subway as the yearly “Santa Con” revelers make their way through the system. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty)

Take a seat, Colossus. Go hang somewhere else, Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Time to turn off the lights, Lighthouse of Alexandria.

There’s a new world wonder in town: the Metropolitan Transportation Authority–at least according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Labels MTA the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’”

Anthony Weiner Wants to Declare Independence From Albany

Anthony Weiner rolls out his New York City "Bill of Rights" this afternoon.
Anthony Weiner rolls out his New York City “Bill of Rights” this afternoon.

On the day before Independence Day, Anthony Weiner promised to make New York City independent of Albany’s control once and for all.

“Every July 4th, we should all think not only about the independence of our country, but we should think a little bit about the independence of New York City from the shackles of Albany,” Mr. Weiner said today on the steps of City Hall.

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Anthony Weiner Attacks ‘Lord Governor’ Joe Lhota

Former MTA Chair Joe Lhota (Photo: Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
Former MTA Chair and Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota. (Photo: Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

Anthony Weiner took his first major shot at Republican Joe Lhota on Sunday, saying the former MTA chair should have worked harder to give the city more control of its state-run transit system before stepping down to run for mayor.

“For too long the MTA has been here in New York City, but we have very little control over it,” Mr. Weiner said at a Park Slope street fair, when a voter asked him what he would do to curb rising fares. “There’s no accountability now. And we have to push back and we have to try to get some control.”

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Joe Lhota Applauds Cuomo’s ‘Superb Choice’ to Head M.T.A.

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

This afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo officially announced his pick to head the Metropolitan Transit Authority, left vacant over 100 days ago when then-Chairman Joe Lhota resigned to pursue a mayoral campaign: M.T.A. Interim Executive Director Tom Prendergast. And Mr. Lhota told Politicker he couldn’t be more pleased with the selection.

“Tom Prendergast is a superb choice and he has a unique understanding of the system,” Mr. Lhota proclaimed. “And I know of no one who cares more for the customers and the riders than Tom Prendergast. As chairman, I relied on him more than anyone and I think it’s a great choice.”

Mr. Cuomo, in a statement, was similarly effusive.

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