DOT Commissioner Dodges ‘Speedgate’ Questions

The amNewYork cover after Bill de Blasio's traffic safety announcement this week.
The amNewYork cover after Bill de Blasio’s traffic safety announcement this week.

She may have partnered with Bill de Blasio to launch his ambitious “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic speeds and pedestrian fatalities, but don’t except Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to slam the mayor on his recent traffic violations controversyContinue reading “DOT Commissioner Dodges ‘Speedgate’ Questions”

NYPD and Mayor Respond to Speeding Controversy

Bill de Blasio at the traffic safety event. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Bill de Blasio at the traffic safety event. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

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. Continue reading “NYPD and Mayor Respond to Speeding Controversy”

Police Union Pans de Blasio’s Speed Camera Plan

An NYPD officer. (Photo: Getty)
An NYPD officer. (Photo: Getty)

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. Continue reading “Police Union Pans de Blasio’s Speed Camera Plan”

De Blasio Backs Slower Streets to Curb Pedestrian Deaths

Bill de Blasio standing with parents this afternoon.
Bill de Blasio standing with parents whose children were killed in traffic fatalities this afternoon.

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Backs Slower Streets to Curb Pedestrian Deaths”

Council Working to Reduce Speed Limit on City Streets

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Christine Quinn. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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.” Continue reading “Council Working to Reduce Speed Limit on City Streets”

Councilman David Greenfield Explains Why Parking Violation Stickers Are ‘Cruel And Unnecessary’

 Councilman David Greenfield Explains Why Parking Violation Stickers Are Cruel And Unnecessary
Councilman David G. Greenfield (Photo: New York City Council)

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. Continue reading “Councilman David Greenfield Explains Why Parking Violation Stickers Are ‘Cruel And Unnecessary’”

Mayor Bloomberg Compares Parking Illegally to Murdering Your Parents

mayor bloomberg Mayor Bloomberg Compares Parking Illegally to Murdering Your Parents
Mayor Bloomberg (Getty)

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. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Compares Parking Illegally to Murdering Your Parents”