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”

Bill de Blasio Sets Up Another Fight With Albany

Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio together in Albany last Sunday. (Cropped photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio together in Albany last Sunday. (Cropped photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Add another item to Bill de Blasio’s Albany wish list.

The mayor this afternoon unveiled an extensive plan to minimize pedestrian traffic fatalities, the most ambitious of which would reduce the default speed on unmarked streets to 25 miles per hour, from the current 30. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Sets Up Another Fight With Albany”

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”