Planes Trains & Automobiles
How did L.A. wind up taking our transportation lunch money? New Yorkers were so busy bullying each other, we didn’t even notice when they took it and beat us to the mass transit punch.
The Architect’s Newspaper had an interesting story earlier this week pointing out how back in November, Los Angeles launched its own congestion pricing system to speed traffic on some of its jammed, anything-but-free freeways, and it has been enjoying impressive results. This was, of course, “made possible by political gridlock in the New York State Assembly over congestion pricing,” as the paper points out. All the while, the MTA has been hemorrhaging cash, leading to reduced service (later restored through cuts elsewhere) and all those fare hikes.
After Albany failed to pass the congestion pricing measure, a portion of the hundreds of millions in federal funds that had been set aside to start our program were given over to L.A.
ALBANY—David Paterson's did not get any approval bump, or take a hit, since his State of the State address last week, a poll released today found.
A Quinnipiac University survey of over 1,600 voters found that the governor's approval rating is steady at around 53 percent – the same level as Read More
ALBANY—Some pro-pot protesters are at the Capitol today. They figured the State of the State address would be a good occasion to bring their case to David Paterson. I told them the speech had already happened.
"We thought today was State of the State," said Abigail Storm, leader of the dozen people from Read More
ALBANY—One of the things that struck Daniel Squadron, the 29-year-old freshman state senator who beat a 30-year incumbent in a primary, about David Paterson's State of the State address was that he didn't get a seat.
"It was very tiring to stand," said Squadron. (It wasn't just him, but several senators who walked in a Read More
ALBANY—Statements and spin are coming from every corner of the Capitol after David Paterson's first State of the State address:
"What is it they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?" said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on proposals to ban trans fat in foods, which he enacted in New York City.
"Governor Paterson Read More
ALBANY—The state of our state is "perilous," Governor David Paterson said during his first such speech to a joint gathering of the legislature, as he outlined programs to improve public health and the environment.
– Paterson unveiled a new goal of having 45 percent of the electricity generated in the state from "clean Read More
ALBANY—The first reception of the day was held by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, outside his office on the second floor of the Capitol.
Dean Skelos chatted with two of his members before heading in, with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, to see Cuomo.
The State Senate gavels in at 11:30 (half an hour earlier than originally Read More
ALBANY—Today's big speech will be odd, longtime observers say, because many of the policy initiatives usually outlined in such speeches, and then devilishly detailed in budget presentations, have already been detailed.
What's left for there to say? Any surprises?
"Surprises are the reason we come to work every day," Paterson said last Friday. Read More