Mayor Bill de Blasio today named Meera Joshi, the former general counsel at the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), as his pick to lead the agency. Read More
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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. Read More
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. Read More
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, the new chair of the council’s transportation committee, is hoping to bring more Citi Bikes and ferries to the five boroughs. But first he wants to override a mayoral veto.
Of course, it’s not Mayor Bill de Blasio’s veto Mr. Rodriguez will attempt to overturn tomorrow, but rather Michael Bloomberg’s. At the end of last year, the outgoing mayor moved to block a bill that would force the NYPD to report information concerning vehicle collisions in which the driver left the scene.
Mayor Bill de Blasio couldn’t be more pleased that a small, single-engine plane landed on a Bronx expressway today without serious injuries or fatalities.
Addressing reporters after an event in Brooklyn this evening, Mr. de Blasio praised the “amazing, amazing fact” that all three individuals involved were safe. Read More
Bill de Blasio says he would have tried to arrive at the scene of yesterday’s fatal train accident if he were already mayor.
Unlike current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was reportedly golfing in Bermuda hours after the derailment, Mr. de Blasio told reporters today his “instinct” would be to rush to the scene.
“For me, it would be generally-speaking, important to be there,” he said. 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
At a Democratic mayoral forum this morning focusing on New York City’s transportation policies, the candidates often agreed on many of the issues–stated support for bike lanes, for example–but starkly disagreed when it came to several topics, including school bus contracts.
Setting up the dispute, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the leading candidate for the teachers’ union endorsement set to be announced later this afternoon, defended pricey school bus driver contracts and provisions that protect current employees. Read More
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. Read More