City Council Members Criticize De Blasio's Homelessness Plan
Last summer, the city the so-called subway diversion program, aimed at the homeless who get summonses for violating transit rules, such as lying outstretched across multiple train seats.
Cuomo On How To Close New York's Budget Gap: Appoint A Panel
Cuomo's primary method to trim a $6 billion dollar deficit is to propose a more modest budget than he and many lawmakers would have liked — with a 2 percent rather than 5 percent increase. That still leaves room to spend more on education and for big multi-year increases on 'green new deal' projects...and on infrastructure, including the MTA. The biggest challenge is Medicaid. Cuomo said he and the legislature will appoint a special commission to come up with $2.5 billion in cuts by April 1st, when the new budget must be in place.
Two Giants of New York Baseball Headed to Hall of Fame
The safest bet in sports was that Derek Jeter would make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. And that's exactly what happened. But the system that gave the former Yankees great so much of his wealth only exists because of a New Yorker who never played the game: labor organizer Marvin Miller.
In December, the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee finally voted to enshrine Miller in Cooperstown after a decades-long campaign. His plaque will be hung at the same induction ceremony as Jeter's.
In 1964, Miller, then a middle-aged NYU grad who grew up three subway stops away from Ebbets Field applied to lead the nascent Major League Baseball Players Association, and transformed it into the most powerful union in North American sports.
Click play to hear Jim O'Grady's essay on Miller's legacy.
MTA's 300 'Lemon' Trains with Door Problems, Fixed and Likely to Return This Week
When the Bombardier R-179's were pulled from service, New York City Transit president Andy Byford said every car would undergo separate examinations from the MTA, the manufacturer and an independent contractor Two weeks and 5,000 door inspections later, the trains are nearly ready. But first, Byford says he wants to review Bombardier's documents.
"I want to get these trains back into service but not until we're absolutely certain and we've been through that paperwork with a fine toothed comb," Byford said.
The cars cost $600 million, were years late, and also had welding issues.
The MTA's next batch of new trains arrives later this year but will be from a different company.]