Prendergast Confirmed as MTA Head

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Latest, News, Transportation

The Senate approved Tom Prendergast as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday night after two rounds of confirmation hearings. When Prendergast was asked by a lawmaker how long he would stay in the role, he alluded to the career paths of his predecessors, Jay Walder and Joe Lhota. “I will not be running for mayor of New York City and I will not take a job in Hong Kong,” Prendergast said. “I have a degree in… [More]

Delta and Port Authority Open New Terminal at JFK (Updated)

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Economic Development, Features, Heard Around Town, News, Transportation

Delta and the Port Authority opened Delta Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens on Friday. The sprawling terminal, which was built through a public-private partnership between the airline and the Port Authority, is part of a $1.4 billion redevelopment plan at JFK, an airport that many industry experts say has been badly in need of expansion and modernization for some time. “Modern terminals are the most visible component in creating an airport experience that passengers rank first… [More]

Talking Points: What State Law Would You Change?

Written by City & State on . Posted in Education, Features, Public Safety, Transportation, Upfront

If you could change any state law, what would it be? Steve Hawley, Republican assemblyman The SAFE Act, even though it’s one of the most recent laws—the way it was done, without public input, without public discourse and hearings; I could never support legislation that is done in the dead of night. Just the fact that I believe it violates the second amendment of the Constitution; I believe it goes against the very constituents that I represent, the vast majority of them. Any time you… [More]

Bikes Lanes Must Have Community Support: De Blasio

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Heard Around Town, News, Transportation

Public Advocate and mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio emphasized tax increases for the wealthy, early childhood programs, paid sick leave and increasing minimum wage in a polished stump speech to a friendly crowd of young progressive Brooklynites at a New Kings Democrats meeting on Tuesday night. But in response to a question about bike lanes, he criticized the Bloomberg administration’s implementation of them throughout the city. He said he questioned the Prospect Park West lane during its construction but did not oppose… [More]