Earlier today, CBS New York revealed Bill de Blasio’s security detail apparently broke numerous traffic laws while driving the mayor between events–just days after Mr. de Blasio held a prominent public safety event on reducing speed limits.
Reached for comment, both the mayor’s office and the NYPD defended the conduct without addressing the particulars of the CBS allegations, which included running stop signs and going up to 15 miles per hours over the speed limit. Read More
The city’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association today questioned the benefits of speed cameras, which Mayor Bill de Blasio has been touting as part of the “Vision Zero” plan aimed at dramatically cutting traffic fatalities. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out his first major non-education policy initiative since taking office this afternoon, vowing to slow speed limits and crack down on reckless drivers with the aim of dramatically reducing pedestrian traffic fatalities.
Flanked by mourning parents of children killed in the city’s streets–some clutching pictures of their children, one mother wiping tears–Mr. de Blasio said the city is facing an “epidemic of traffic fatalities” that must be addressed. Read More
The New York City Council hopes to pass legislation that would reduce the speed limit on most residential and side streets to 20 miles per hour, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today.
“We are actively working on that bill and our goal is to pass it before the end of the year,” Ms. Quinn said during an unrelated press conference this afternoon before the month’s final council meeting. “We’re actively working on it right now.” Read More
Councilman David Greenfield, who wants to ban the difficult-to-remove violation stickers the Sanitation Department places on illegally parked cars, told the Observer what he thinks about Mayor Bloomberg comparing opposition to the stickers to murderers who don’t understand why they end up in jail. “I’m certain the Mayor was joking,” Councilman Greenfield said. The Councilman also told us why he thinks the stickers are “cruel and unnecessary” punishment. Read More
Mayor Bloomberg was asked about New York City’s unpopular sanitation parking stickers during his weekly appearance on John Gambling’s WOR radio show today. A Brooklyn councilman has introduced a bill that would ban the stickers, which are placed on cars that violate alternate side parking rules and are incredibly difficult to remove, but Mayor Bloomberg told Mr. Gambling he supports the stickers and he compared people who break the rules to someone murdering their parents and not understanding why they have to go to jail. Read More