Airport Coalition Calls for Expansion of N Line to LaGuardia

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Latest, News, Transportation, Video

The Global Gateway Alliance, a coalition founded by real estate developer Joe Sitt to improve New York City’s airports, is taking aim at the lack of  viable mass transit access to LaGuardia Airport. At City & State’s State of Our City forum at Baruch College, Global Gateway Alliance Executive Director Stephen Sigmund called for  the revival of the N line extension to LaGuardia Airport, which was originally part of a MTA capital plan that got discarded in 2000 as a… [More]

NYPD Promises More Transparency on TrafficStat

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Features, Government Operations, Latest, News, News & Features, Technology, Transportation

As part of his continued push to increase transparency in the New York Police Department, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced on Tuesday that the department will open up TrafficStat to more city agencies. The reforms are aimed at meeting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities. TrafficStat was created in 1998 using the same model as CompStat, which tracks a wide range of crime statistics, including murder rates, shootings and rapes in a particular precinct, all of… [More]

De Blasio’s State of the City Marks A Shift In Tone From Bloomberg Era

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Housing, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation

As is the case with most mayors less than two months into their administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not have a laundry list of accomplishments to point to during his State of the City address on Monday. But unlike his predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s first State of the City, which covered a wide range of topics and laid the foundation for his twelve years in office, de Blasio eschewed a long-term blueprint in favor of addressing the urgency of leveling… [More]

FAA Has No Plans for Noise Study Near LaGuardia Airport

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Latest, News, News & Features, Transportation

Last week we spoke to Janet McEneaney from Queens Quiet Skies about her organization’s push for further study into the noise created from planes leaving La Guardia International Airport. McEneaney specifically addressed planes use of the TNNIS climb when leaving La Guardia’s runway 13. It is a particular path that planes take which brings them directly due east after taking off on a southern bound route, which reduces noise at Flushing Meadows park where Citi Field and the U.S. National… [More]

Bus Rapid Transit Touted as Way to Connect New York City’s “Two Cities”

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Daily, News, Transportation

New York City Councilwoman Letitia James has seen firsthand the need for better mass transit. The Brooklyn Navy Yard development in her district is an important economic engine, but it is “inaccessible” to workers who don’t live nearby, James said. The district, which includes parts of Fort Greene and Bedford Stuyvesant, has been “ground zero for gentrification and displacement,” as low-income individuals retreat to neighborhoods with few subway connections. At the same time, the city faces the twin challenges of… [More]

LAST LOOK: Vincent Gentile

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Latest, News, Public Safety, Transportation, Video

New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile discusses the future of member items and the appointment of Bill Bratton as the new police commissioner and gives incoming council members some advice in an interview with Nick Powell. Gentile said that with a new speaker set to take over for Christine Quinn in 2014, he would like to reform how member items are doled out to Council members. He said he has been a “poster boy” for lawmakers being punished with fewer member… [More]

De Blasio Meets with Assembly Democrats about Pre-K Proposal

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News, Transportation

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a contingent of Assembly Democrats at Silver’s annual holiday luncheon this afternoon. The topic? De Blasio’s signature policy idea: raising taxes on the wealthiest New York City residents to pay for a universal preschool and afterschool program. “It was very warmly received by the Assembly members,” de Blasio said after the meeting. “A lot of energy, a lot of willingness to help us make this a… [More]