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State Troopers Take to NYC To Act Like Cash Registers

Silence, citizen.  This is for your protection.  We must separate you from your dangerous income.

State troopers posted in New York City have written nearly 800 percent more tickets this year than they did in all of 2016, according to The New York Post; state troopers had written just 4 tickets in 2015 and none in 2014. State troopers also made nearly 50 percent more arrests this year than in all of last year, with 63 people arrested so far—there were none in 2015.

New York’s governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, sent 150 state troopers into New York City in December, with The Post reporting that the deployment had two goals: “to haul in revenue to state coffers, and rankle ­rival Mayor de Blasio, ­according to observers.”

The Post estimates that the state troopers have raised more than $3 million from writing tickets in the city—speeding tickets are $203, with $88 going to the state, while tickets for using a cellphone while driving are $288.

Source: State Troopers Wrote 12,000+ More Tickets in NYC So Far This Year Than All of Last Year – Hit & Run : Reason.com

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DiBlasio’s Traffic Safety Program Fails Hard

More than 160 cyclists and pedestrians were killed in crashes during the third year of the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative meant to curb such deaths, an increase from the previous two years, according to a city report released Thursday.Traffic deaths overall — including motorists and passengers — in the past year were the lowest recorded since the city started keeping records of those deaths in 1910. But cyclist and pedestrian deaths in 2016 were higher than in 2015 or 2014, the first year of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s safety initiative, data shows.

This was his big initiative.  “Vision Zero” bumper stickers are on all taxis and official vehicles.  This was his crowning achievement.

And much like everything else he touches, it failed.

Source: 163 Cyclists and Pedestrians Were Killed in Crashes in 2016, City Says – Upper West Side – DNAinfo New York

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‘Made in Queens’ to close; Not economically viable

Surprise surprise.

A Long Island City popup shop dedicated to selling Queens-made merchandise is closing several months ahead of schedule due to weak business.Made In Queens, located at 27-24 Queens Plaza South, was established by the Queens Economic Development Corporation in June to sell goods from local manufacturers.The store, which was supposed to remain open until the end of March, is now closing at the end of the year since it has become “unsustainable,” said QEDC Director of Business Services Sante Antonelli.

Source: LIC pop-up ‘Made in Queens’ to close at the end of 2016, store not economically viable | Long Island City Post