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Speed Cameras Nixed From NYC Budget

Earlier this week, much to our dismay, Governor Cuomo and the state legislature denied a request from Mayor de Blasio for 160 new speed cameras, which were an important part of eliminating traffic deaths via the Vision Zero plan.

A source told the Daily News that Cuomo didn’t want to give another budget victory to Mayor de Blasio (i.e. political squabbling replacing ACTUAL need for safety). Right now, according to Capital New York, NYC has a measly 20 speed cameras.

Courtesy of Vision Zero

On Monday, Right of Way, a safe-streets group, demanded immediate legislative action to get even more speed cameras. They would ideally like 1,000 to be installed on NYC streets, which was the recipe for success in Washington, D.C.

“Earlier this month, legislative leaders promised grieving parents organized by Families for Safe Streets that the new state budget would at least double the number of speed cameras in New York City,” said a representative from Right of Way. ” Instead, we got zero.”

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Dear Bill: Responding to the 10/15 Mayoral Debate

Bill, I say this as someone who has supported your campaign since before you were thought of as a viable candidate: I have never been closer to voting for your opponent than I am after watching your performance tonight.

Don’t misinterpret that statement: I’m still voting for you. Continue reading

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#Sandy Landfall Imminent; Updates

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, approaching at around 30mph with wind speeds up to 90mph, we have not yet seen the worst of the storm.

Noaa.org

We can’t stress enough to stay inside!

Any standing water from East River or Newtown Creek overflow should be considered unsafe due to raw sewage releases in the local waterways. More info.

Updates (via Mayor Bloomberg)

• Public Schools Closed Tomorrow

• MTA Closed Tomorrow

• All East River Bridges Closed Tonight at 7pm

• Expect power outages

• Expect Severe Flooding (especially from 8:15pm-10:30pm tonight)

• No deaths resulting from Sandy in NYC

A reporter asked about potential environmental consequences of Gowanus area flooding given the toxic nature of the waterway. The Mayor did not respond specifically to environmental impacts, just said the water will rise and recede. He passed it on to another official who said, ”We don’t think there is any immediate danger to anybody… We’ll clean it up like anything else.”

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