Localized, Politics

NY City Councilman Wants to Extend Term Limits

Boy they sure do like their positions of little work and lots of power, don’t they?

A candidate for City Council speaker has drafted a bill to extend term limits for the Council to three terms.

Councilman Jumaane Williams plans to introduce the legislation by the end of the year to allow Council members to serve three four-year terms instead of the current two, if voters approve the idea in a referendum.

Williams is among eight candidates running for Council speaker — all of whom have said they’d support giving their fellow pols a third term.

Of course the city has voted FOR term limits 3 times, even though Bloomberg decided he deserved a third term and got the Council to give him one.

But hey.  Democracy.  The people.  All that.

via City Council speaker candidate wants to extend term limits – NY Daily News

Big Government, Hypocrites, Localized

Governor Cuomo Declares MTA State Of Emergency, Skewers Trump, Then Diverts Funds Away From It

At some point the morons of New York who keep voting for this ass are going to realize they’re being played. Maybe.

To some, last week was a turning point in Andrew Cuomo’s long battle to distance himself from his ailing transit agency, the MTA. Instead of shirking off responsibilities for the collapsing subway system, or pressing for token legislation to provide him with even more power, Cuomo seized it himself, declaring a “state of emergency” in the subways and promising $1 billion to help shore up the abysmal service.

As the Daily News points out, the recent amendment to the MTA’s capital plan that its board recently passed strips $1.2 billion from the current capital plan that would have gone toward new subway cars, in addition to $37.6 million for new signals. The MTA argues that because those train cars won’t be ready until midway through the next capital plan in 2023 anyway, it shouldn’t be budgeting for their purchasing. The $37.6 million, the MTA claims, was for new signals that would have operated solely with the new trains.

Ostensibly, that freed up more than $1.2 billion to go toward the city’s crumbling subways, which vitally need new signals to increase capacity on the lines. Currently, the MTA is finishing signal work for a single line, the 7 train, and has just recently begun work on the Queens Boulevard E/F/M/R lines, but only for the sections that run through Queens and parts of midtown Manhattan. Only the L train has been given completely new signals. That $1.2 billion could, theoretically, have gone to start another signal modernization project as soon as possible. Already, the MTA has pegged $3 billion in the current capital plan for new signals, although even the transit agency itself admits it won’t get around to outfitting the entire system with those signals until 2045 (and that’s a hopeful outlook).

Instead, however, the money is going toward Cuomo’s pet projects, including his poorly conceived LaGuardia AirTrain, a third track for the Long Island Rail Road (which is desperately needed but faces stiff local resistance), subway station enhancements that won’t necessarily increase station capacity, and cashless tolls. In keeping with his longtime neglect of the subways, Cuomo has shorted the system cash that had already been allotted to it.

Source: Guess Which NY Governor Just Took $1 Billion Meant for MTA Subway Signals and Spent It Elsewhere? | Village Voice

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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