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Musical Chairs
January 19th, 2010

As promised, today starts the seat swapping in the Bloomberg administration.

For the next three weeks, first deputy commissioners will be assigned to another agency in the hopes of breaking down bureaucratic barriers. The idea was integral to the mayor’s inauguration address on New Year’s Day. Some assignments have been done with specific policy proposals in mind, such as the swap between Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, who are tasked with focusing on foreclosure prevention.

Here are the assignments:

Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) — DOE
Administrative Justice Coordinator (AJC) — CCPC
Business Integrity Commission (BIC) — DSNY
Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) –CUNY
City University of New York (CUNY) — CEO
Citywide Events Coordination and Management (CECM) — NYC & Co
Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) — CHR
Commission for the United Nations Consular Corps and Protocol (UN) — MOIA
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) — CCRB
Commission on Women’s Issues (CWI) — MOCDV
Commission to Combat Police Corruption (CCPC) — AJC
Community Affairs Unit (CAU) — CECM
Criminal Justice Coordinator (CJC)– Law
Department for the Aging (DFTA) — MOPD
Department of Buildings (DOB) — NYCHA
Department of City Planning (DCP) — HDC
Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) — SCA
Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) — HPD
Department of Corrections (DOC) — DHS
Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) — EDC
Department of Design and Construction (DDC) — DCLA
Department of Education (DOE) — Parks
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) — DOF
Department of Finance (DOF) — MOO
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH) — DOC
Department of Homeless Services (DHS) — HHC
Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) — DCA
Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) — MOFTB
Department of Investigation (DOI) — MOCS
Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks) — DEP
Department of Probation (DOP) — ACS
Department of Sanitation (DSNY) — BIC
Department of Small Business Services (SBS) — HRA
Department of Transportation (DOT) — DDC
Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) — DOP
Design Commission (Design) — DOT
Economic Development Corporation (EDC) — SBS
Fire Department* (FDNY) — NYPD*
Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) — CAU
Housing Development Corporation (HDC) — LPC
Human Resources Administration (HRA) — DoHMH
Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) — DOB
Law Department (Law) — DOI
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) — DFTA
Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) — CJC
Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting (MOFTB) — DoITT
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) — UN
Mayor’s Office of Operations (MOO) — DCAS
Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA) — CWI
Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (MOCDV) — MOVA
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) — DCP
NYC & Company (NYC & Co) — DYCD
Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) — TLC
Office of Emergency Management* (OEM) — FDNY*
Office of Labor Relations* (OLR) — OMB*
Office of Management and Budget* (OMB) — OLR*
Police Department* (NYPD) — OEM*
School Construction Authority (SCA) — Design
Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) — OATH

Those with an asterisk are participating in the second phase of the program starting February 1.

By on January 19, 2010, 2:32 pm
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Offsetting Service Cuts with Infrastructure Money
December 17th, 2009

As everyone and their mom talks about the MTA’s current mess and how to get out of it, one alternative to chopping transit service has generated the most discussion: using funds from the MTA’s capital budget to plug the deficit. Supported by a number of council members and the Straphangers Campaign, the plan would take money from the capital budget – used for things like maintaining and expanding the system’s infrastructure – and use it for operating expenses, such as salaries and fuel, which is where the immediate gap is. The goal is to make sure the MTA gets through the year without any service cuts while leaders devise a long-term solution.

Gene Russianoff from the Straphangers says it is necessary to do this because of “the harm to riders of service cuts in an already overcrowded system; the new blow to the MTAs credibility if the agency institutes cuts that the riding public (paying a higher fare since June) were told would not happen; and cuts undermining MTA Chairman Jay Walders sensible plans to improve bus service.”

Walder said he’d consider the proposal, according to Reuters, but noted that it was a “slippery slope” which the MTA already once descended in the 1970s, leading to decades of disrepair.

Some advocates get behind the idea only as a last resort. In a post on the Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s blog, Kate Slevin said her organization would support using federal stimulus funds meant for capital costs to plug the gap if need be. “This is an unsustainable stopgap measure that will only postpone the problem, and the Campaign does not generally support capital dollars being used for operations,” she wrote. “However, this is a dire situation that may require emergency action.”

But it isn’t even on the table for others. Neysa Pranger of the Regional Plan Association points out that the MTA’s capital budget gap is $9.9 billion dollars over five years while next year’s capital budget is only a fraction of that, at around $383 million. She also stresses that capital spending is important for long-term economic recovery.

The MTA’s cuts would not take place until the summer of 2010, and it must vote to approve them again after the agency holds public hearings on each of the individual service cuts. If recent controversial issues in the state capitol are any indication, no decisions will be made as to whether this is a good or bad idea until the last possible moment.

By on December 17, 2009, 4:36 pm
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Subway Slashes Approved by MTA
December 16th, 2009


Photo (cc) 2005 Vidiot

Say sayonara to almost two dozen bus lines, the Z line and the Astoria-bound W line.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board approved a doomsday budget this morning, which will cut service system wide and do away with a discount for student fares. The discount elimination will affect about 500,000 public school students in the city and will be phased out over two years, starting in September.

None of the cuts will be implemented until after June, and they are in response to a $400 million budget shortfall.

And for a glimpse at a last-ditch attempt to persuade the board otherwise, check out these video testimonies from City Council members.

By on December 16, 2009, 2:02 pm
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Avoiding the MTA's New Doomsday
December 15th, 2009

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that he expects congestion pricing will be back on legislator’s radars thanks to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s budget shortfall.

In an interview with CNBC Bloomberg mentioned the measure had previously failed to make it out of the legislature. “But next time, come March, they’re going to have to balance a budget, and I think any kind of revenue source is going to be on the table, and it may in fact still get done,” said Bloomberg.

Meanwhile Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman James Vacca and a number of transportation advocates held a press conference today to call on the MTA Board to look for alternatives to proposed service cuts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Subway Solutions from the Council
December 15th, 2009

Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember James Vacca and transportation advocates are calling for their own solutions to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s fiscal woes.

The authority’s board is scheduled to meet tomorrow to vote on a new budget that will eliminate two subway lines and 21 bus routes. It also would eliminate student discounts and trigger service reductions across the system.

In response, council members gathered this morning to urge the authority use $140 million in capital funds to temporarily close the authority’s operating budget gap. They also urged the authority to get Congressional approval to use $90 million in unspent stimulus funding to go towards the gap.

The full release is after the jump.
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By on December 15, 2009, 1:54 pm
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MTA Cuts Looming
December 14th, 2009

The MTA’s Finance Committee approved a budget today that will severely decrease train and bus service across the city as well as end free rides for students. The MTA board will vote on the budget on Wednesday. The budget is expected to pass.

Cuts in the budget include the removal of 21 bus routes and the W and Z subway lines. Students would have to begin paying half fare in September and full fare in 2011. Around 700 transit workers are expected to be laid off and management will take a 10 percent reduction in pay. Service cuts are expected to begin in July.

MTA officials say the drastic steps are necessary as a result of a $383 million budget gap caused by state budget cuts, lower than projected tax revenue and a recent ruling that the MTA must pay workers an 11 percent raise.

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Kingsbridge Vote About Traffic, Jobs?
December 14th, 2009

Pictured above are Councilmember Joel Rivera and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. at a rally following the council’s vote.

In a rare move, the City Council rejected a proposal from the Bloomberg administration and developer The Related Companies to redevelop a massive armory in the northwest Bronx this morning.

After weeks of debate, the council voted against the proposal, which would have turned the Kingsbridge Armory into a large shopping mall, by a vote of 45 to 1, with one abstention. The project was effectively toppled by a disagreement between the community, the administration and the developer over whether to require the mall’s retailers to pay a living wage, which the community defined as $10 an hour. Today the City Council, led by its Bronx delegation, sided with the community.

For months the subject of a living wage monopolized the discussion over the Kingsbridge Armory. But any living wage settlement would have likely been agreed to in a community benefits agreement, which is not subject to City Council approval. Therefore at its meeting today, council members cited other areas of the developer’s land use application that did fall within their purview, like traffic, as a reason why the proposal was rejected.

“We have been very clear that there were a number of issues, many have been traffic and environmental, germane to the land use process, some separate from the land use process, which often happens in land use negotiations,” said Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

“Obviously none of them were resolved,” said Quinn.

Today was the final day for the council to act on the project. The council has 50 days after a project is approved by the City Planning Commission to either reject or accept it. The armory rejection will now go to the mayor, who is expected to veto it. Quinn said there were enough votes in the City Council to override a mayoral veto.

The project, according to the administration, would have brought thousands of temporary and permanent jobs to the area.

The mayor, who is at the United Nations’ climate change conference in Copenhagen, issued the following response after the council’s vote:
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By on December 14, 2009, 3:06 pm
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More Road Deaths
November 30th, 2009

In the wake of the passage of Leandra’s law, which makes it a felony to drive intoxicated with children in the vehicle, two car accidents in New York City offer more evidence that sober drivers can be deadly too. In both cases, the alleged drivers had suspended licenses.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Allmir Lekperic apparently struck and killed Peter and Lillian Sabados as they carried canned goods to their Staten Island church. According to press accounts, Lekperic had his driver’s license suspended 29 times since 2006 — most recently in September — and had a number of other traffic violations as well.

And on Friday, Sonya Powell was walking with her fianc in the Bronx when she was hit by a car, allegedly driven by Sheldon Reid. Reid had pleaded guilty to driving without a license in 2001.

The deaths could focus attention on a bill proposed by Assemblymember Robert Sweeney that would make vehicular assault and vehicular manslaughter felonies when committed by a driver with a suspended or revoked license.

Lekperic, now out on $50,000 bail, faces two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and a misdemeanor count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the third degree. According to the Staten Island Advance, he could confront addition charges following an investigation of the crime. The current felonies carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Reid also has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident as well as aggravated unlicensed operation.

As Gotham Gazette reported last week, very few people involved in fatal accidents are convicted of felonies. For more, see Death by Car.

By on November 30, 2009, 2:03 pm
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A Stand Against Tickets
November 17th, 2009

As City Council members rallied to the cause of New York City drivers yesterday, they attacked the administration for playing “gotcha” with traffic violations, using parking tickets as kind of cash cow, and serving as judge and jury for New Yorkers accused of parking illegally. Did the vigorous criticism, even from Bloomberg administration allies such as Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmember Simcha Felder, indicate a new independence, a willingness to fight for what’s right — or old-fashioned pandering?

Streetblog holds it’s the latter. Even worse, writes Ben Fried, the council’s decision to grant a five-minute grace period on certain parking violations indicates a “failure to comprehend the consequences of giving away curb space.”

By essentially giving drivers an extra five minutes on the parking meter, the bill offers ” a subsidy for the minority of New Yorkers who get around by private car.”

In addition, Fried continues, ” With less turnover of metered spaces, drivers will double park more and cruise around longer as they search for open spots clogging up the streets.”

A bill — approved unanimously — to expand parking privileges for member of the clergy would have similar effects, according to Fried.

The DMIBlog also expressed disapproval at where the often meek council chose to take a stand. Calling the grace period vote possibly “one of the most ridiculous moves of the year,” John Petro wrote, “Instead of pushing for a major progressive victory, they’re voting for a law that says you don’t have to follow the law — for five minutes.”

Mayor Michael Boomberg has said he would veto the grace-period bill. It passed council 47 to 2, with Daniel Garodnick and Tony Avella casting the no votes. Garodonick said he opposed the bill because, you cannot legislate the issue of good judgment, common sense and grace.”

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Walder Confirmed
September 10th, 2009

Jay Walder was confirmed by the Senate today as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in a vote of 47-13. But first he received an earful from both sides of the aisle about the organization he will now head.

All the votes against Walder came from Republicans, who blasted the MTA for its accounting practices, its funding structure and the service it provides to outlying areas. Most, however, took the time to praise Walder’s resume.

Some Democrats apologized to Walder. “It’s not you; its us.” Sen. Diane Savino told Walder, “I’m not going to hold you responsible for mistakes you haven’t made.” But Savino and other Democrats warned Walder that he would face great scrutiny.

Some were surprised to see that the Democratic leadership was able to deliver a unified vote on the issue. The MTA has been a sensitive issue in the Democratic conference all year, and many worry that strife left over from the coup might leave the Democrats impotent and divided in general. But they were together for this one.

And that made Gov. David Paterson happy. His office released this statement celebrating the confirmation: Read the rest of this entry »

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Patrolling Pedicabs
June 29th, 2009

The three-wheeled, human-powered pedicab lobby rolled into City Hall this morning for a surprisingly calm hearing on new regulations that would license the industry for the first time.

It was calm in comparison to the so-called chaos the industry causes in Times Square.

The new regulations — which could be approved by the City Council as early as July, according to Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman Leroy Comrie — would do away with a previous cap on licenses and replace it with a 60-day window to apply to operate a pedicab. The City Council had attempted to regulate the human-powered cabs in 2007, limiting their number to 325, but it was then sued by the New York City Pedicab Owners’ Association. The court struck down the city regulations, which the administration opposed as well, and derailed the implementation of the cap.

The new regulations, which the administration and the City Council agreed upon earlier this month, would require pedicabs to register with the Department of Consumer Affairs. They would be subject to safety checks, drivers would be required to have a license and every cab would have to have seat belts, headlights and taillights. Their brakes would also be subject to inspection. Every pedicab business could only license 30 pedicabs.

After the 60-day licensing period, there would be an 18-month freeze on pedicab licensing. Licenses could be transferred between owners.

A major concern for the industry and city officials is safety. Currently, critics say, completely unregulated pedicabs crowd Times Square and speed along roadways, endangering passengers. Earlier this month, before the announcement of the new regulations, a driver and passenger were seriously injured when a pedicab collided with a yellow cab on the Williamsburg Bridge.
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After Gehry
June 5th, 2009

So what effect will Bruce Ratner’s decision to drop Frank Gehry’s much-touted design for the basketball arena mean to the future of Atlantic Yards? For one thing, the massive complex when — or more accurately if — built will have little resemblance to the glossy original plans.

The switch to a more conventional arena designed by Ellerbe Becket could save $200 million, a key consideration at a time when money for real estate projects is tight. And, the Times reported, Ratner has to act quickly. He has to start building the home for the Nets by the end of the year, according to Charles Bagli’s article, or face losing his right to use tax-exempt financing.

In the bid to save money, “Gehry’s swooping glass and metal designs have been swapped for a more traditional brick faade … that is not unlike Ellerbe Becket’s Conseco Fieldhouse, home to the Indianapolis Pacers,” The Architects Newspaper observed. (For reviews and pictures of Ellerbe Becket’s previous work, see Atlantic Yards Report, which last week anticipated the firm’s taking over the Nets arena.)
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By on June 5, 2009, 11:45 am
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PBS on New York Transportation
May 21st, 2009

As part of its series on infrastructure problems nationwide, PBS yesterday aired a documentary called “Road to the Future.” This program covers urban transportation, and its fourth part focused on New York City. The segment discusses Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan’s efforts at opening up the streets to more than cars, Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan, and the effects of Robert Moses on neighborhoods of color, particularly the South Bronx. As part of the Web feature, you can also read an analysis of the congestion pricing plan, view an extended interview with Sadik-Khan and read a post about federal stimulus funds and transportation projects in New York.

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A Billion Dollar Deficit (Update)
May 20th, 2009

The Independent Budget Office released its executive budget analysis today and in it it found a looming $1.1 billion deficit.

That’s because Much of the mayor’s proposal relies on legislative uncertainties floating in Albany, including a sales tax increase and the creation of a new pension tier, which both need approval from the State Legislature. (See update below)

In response, Council Speaker Christine Quinn said this afternoon that she wouldn’t negotiate the budget in the press. But, rest assured, the gap would be closed (it has to be by law).

“We are in budget negotiations, and we will have a balanced budget by the end of the fiscal year with a revenue package that is fair and appropriate,” said Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “I think it’s a little odd to count actions that haven’t happened when you know (they) will happen.”

Quinn was also asked about proposed cuts to the city’s civilian police force, which could in turn affect the amount of officers assigned to the street beat. The police commissioner has said the department will have to assign uniformed officers to the posts that have been vacated by civilian officers. This year’s budget calls for the reduction of the civilian force by 989, including 345 layoffs.

Quinn said these issues remain a concern to the council.

Update: Doug Turetsky of the IBO just phoned in, and the IBO’s latest analysis does indeed factor in the mayor’s gap closing measures, including the sales tax, the labor concessions and a new pension tier. Turetsky said they project a larger budget gap because of lower revenues and higher expenses, mostly due to the implementation of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s payroll tax.

By on May 20, 2009, 1:17 pm
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Back from Doomsday
May 11th, 2009

Hikes in subway and bus fares hardly qualify as something to cheer about but straphangers can take some relief in the knowledge that the increases enacted today could have been far, far worse. As expected, following last week’s passage of a bailout plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the agency’s board voted today to increase fares and tolls but not by nearly as much as had been originally planned. (For a rundown see City Room.)

“Believe me the next best is a far, far, far cry from the worst, which is what we were staring at when we were last sitting at this table,” MTA, chairman H. Dale Hemmerdinger reportedly said.

But the troubled agency is not out of the woods. Critics dispute whether the revenue raising measures in the bailout will bring in as much money as anticipated. And no one thinks the package solved the MTA’s many long-range woes. For more on the rescue and what it means for the future of mass transit in New York, see Will the Bailout Plan Save the MTA? in Gotham Gazette.

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The Final Countdown
May 6th, 2009

This could be a long night for legislators. A vote was supposed to take place on a bailout for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at 3 p.m. today. That didn’t happen. Sen. Craig Johnson reportedly needed more assurances that school districts will be refunded for the new payroll tax. With that taken care of the the bill is now finally in writing. Session has resumed and Republicans are hammering the Democrats on the bill. Check it out on SenNet TV.

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Last-Second Save
May 5th, 2009

The legislature’s long struggle to come up with a plan to save the Metropolitan Transit Authority will likely come to an end tomorrow morning. All three Democratic leaders emerged from behind closed doors this evening to announce they had reached an agreement that will raise $2.26 billion dollars a year for the MTA. Gov. David Paterson will issue a message of necessity to allow both houses to vote on the plan before the bill has aged the required 3 days.

A working copy of the bill does not yet exist but here is what we know about it: Read the rest of this entry »

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Leaders Confident on MTA Deal
May 5th, 2009

Gov. David Paterson and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith seemed confident today that a three-way deal on a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bailout was right around the corner. Paterson was so confident that he told reporters after a leaders meeting earlier today, “I think that we are all in the same basic place and actually enough so that we’re actually contemplating perhaps going a little further.” What exactly does “going a little further” mean?

Paterson just indicated at a press conference about hybrid car batteries that legislators are now discussing increasing the MTA funding from the $1.7 billion in funding in the current Senate plan to about $2 billion.

Jimmy Vielkind of The New York Observer asked Paterson to respond to Assembly Speaker Silver’s assertion earlier in the day that the rescue plan should provide the MTA with around $2 billion. “I think that’s right. If that’s the case, I think that’s entirely accurate, we just have to try to get everybody to vote for it,” Paterson responded.

Paterson declined to say how the other $300 million might be appropriated.”I have my own ideas about that, and the legislature has theirs. And that’s what’s being negotiated,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bloomberg Weighs in On MTA Funding
May 4th, 2009

Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out today against Gov. David Paterson’s proposal that legislators deal with the MTA’s short-term funding now and address it’s long term funding later.

“As discussions for a permanent funding plan for the MTA continue, stop-gap measures that kick the big problems down the road must be rejected,” said Bloomberg in a statement.Transportation advocates voiced their displeasure over the weekend.

Bloomberg has slowly been ratcheting up his involvement in the push to get the legislature to stave off pending MTA fare hikes and service cuts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Paterson Demands Action on MTA
May 3rd, 2009

Gov. David Paterson spent the weekend pressing legislators to act on a plan to rescue the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Drastic fare increases and service cuts will occur if legislators don’t act on a plan before the end of the month. Paterson called for a vote for as early as Monday.

However, Paterson admitted that the MTA’s financial situation has worsened to the extent that the rescue plan pending in the Senate does not provide enough money to fund the MTA for the long term. Paterson told the New York Times that he would ask legislators to address the long-term funding issue at a later date.

Transportation advocates are not happy about this. They say that it is hard to have confidence legislators will come together to provide long-term funding for the MTA when they have struggled for months to come up with a rescue plan. Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have already admitted they will take what they can get.

On Friday, the Empire State Transportation Alliance sent a letter to Paterson and the state’s legislative leaders expressing their concern that the plan would not provide long-term funding. Read the rest of this entry »

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