The big news this week will be Mayor Adams’ trip to Albany on Tuesday to push for state lawmakers to reauthorize or expand the city’s control over public schools, the Affordable Housing Grant (aka 421-a) and , as we like to say, most important, speed control cameras.
Gothamist had a good primer on the issue of “home rule,” which is the language of the state constitution to let the city run the things that only cities really care about: local schools, local development, and local roads. The Home Rule is pretty much dead on radar (as we first reported last week), so Adams will push lawmakers to pass a bill from Sen. Andrew Gounardes to at least reauthorize them for three years. (The bill includes other provisions that probably won’t make it into the final bill, judging by our conversations last week with Assembly members and senators, but still).
In other news:
- Ladies and gentlemen, the GOAT on a bike (uh, but why does Tom Brady need a electric Citi bike? Stars – they are not like us):
BEST MORNING EVER. pic.twitter.com/TcqZmLoJaQ
—Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 14, 2022
- Meanwhile, while Tom Brady was enjoying a ride on an e-bike, his naughty cousin Steve Cuozzo, released the ‘angry man screams cloud’ track for another NY Post rampage against bikes, in this case, e-bikes, which Cuozzo says should be banned altogether. A man is entitled to his opinion, but there are numerous factual errors in the article, as well as errors of omission, including the failure to provide this video to show the corresponding destructive power of an electric car :
WATCH: Security camera video in Ohio captured the moment a high-speed Tesla crashed into the Columbus Convention Center. https://t.co/tM9WiHnZNp pic.twitter.com/giWIOYz10r
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) May 13, 2022
- The Daily News also covered the murder of a Bronx pedestrian by a reckless van driver on Saturday, although all day our old editor tried to impress on someone at the paper how terrible their website is. :
I’m just gonna put this on social media ’cause I don’t know nobody at @NYDailyNews seems to care that the big story in the subway section about a husband mourning his slain wife (left) is still tied to the old 12 o’clock firecracker (right), not the feature. Maybe someone monitoring social media can tell someone? pic.twitter.com/6vODOsqJfV
— Gersh Kuntzman (@GershKuntzman) May 16, 2022
- Assembly candidate Tony Simone is the latest Hells Kitchen resident to complain that the governor’s plan for Penn Station redevelopment is flawed. (Gotham Gazette)
- The Regional Plan Association conducted another survey of New Yorkers in the metropolitan area and found that crime and the cost of living were the top concerns (although it is unclear how these concerns were distributed among city residents and out-of-town residents). But one thing still really caught our attention: residents remain concerned about climate change. “More than three out of four [area] residents (76%) agree that buildings need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, including 79% of New York residents,” the poll said. Seems like that’s a pretty strong mandate for car reduction strategies as well.
- Let’s bet that these new electric road sweepers from the sanitation service are silent:
— Janet Liff (@JanetLiff) May 15, 2022
- Federal officials are finally talking about the one thing that will stop the chop: Federal legislation to prevent helicopters from disturbing the peace. (amNY)
- Mayor Adams says the Brooklyn-Queens Freeway will be fine, which is why he’s diverted money from its upkeep for the time being. (amNY)
- Another reason to ditch the car? Auto theft is on the rise. (New York Post)
- The Post has a bit more about the man who was run over and killed by an MTA bus driver in Staten Island.
- And, finally, Riders Alliance spokesman Danny Pearlstein spotted one of the new DOT “drive safe” ads the other day on a bus shelter and noted that the ad was pointed in a way that it wouldn’t be seen by drivers. Doug Gordon provided the hunter:
For the cost of running this ad, the city could have painted a sidewalk extension and placed a planter on it to slow turning drivers. https://t.co/tSsGuksUH4
— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) May 13, 2022