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Another Bus Crash, Another Call for Legislative Action

The Lo-Down: News from the lower east side

By Ed Litvak on May 31, 2011 7:13 pm

In the wake of another tragic bus accident, the neighborhood’s elected officials gathered in Chinatown today to renew their calls for stronger laws regulating interstate bus companies. More on their pleas in a moment.

First, there have been some other developments in Virginia, where the crash happened early this morning. The driver, Kin Ku Cheung of Flushing,  was arrested and charged with reckless driving. He’s jailed  in Hanover County, Virginia, on $3,000 bond. Cheung, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries. Investigators are blaming the crash on driver fatigue.

June 6, 2011
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Chinatown Bus Company Shut Down After Deadly Crash

DNA Info

June 1, 2011 1:22pm   Updated June 1, 2011 6:23pm

Sky Express shut down a day after one of its buses crashed in Virginia Tuesday, killing four people.

By Patrick Hedlund and Nguyen Thanh Tuan

DNAinfo Staff

CHINATOWN — The long-distance bus company whose Chinatown-bound coach crashed in Virginia, killing four passengers, was shut down by the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday.

June 6, 2011
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Another bus crash spurs pols to push bill in Albany

Downtown Express

June 1, 2011

BY JOHN BAYLES | Elected officials came together in the wake of another tour bus crash on Tuesday, May 31, to demand the passage of a bill in Albany that would tighten regulations for intercity buses.

Early Tuesday morning, a bus bound for New York City crashed on I-95 just north of Richmond, Va., when its driver, a man from Flushing, Queens, allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. Four people were killed in the accident. The operator of the bus, Sky Express Bus Company, is based in North Carolina but is one of numerous companies that pick up and drop off passengers in New York City.

June 6, 2011
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Chinatown-bound bus driver charged in deadly crash

amNY

5/31/11

By amNY

The driver of a Chinatown-bound tour bus that flipped over and killed four passengers early Tuesday was found to be asleep at the wheel, prompting New York officials to demand swift legislative action to regulate the industry.

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Flushing, was charged with reckless driving after his bus hit an embankment and flipped onto the roof on Interstate 95 near Richmond, Va., trapping him and 58 passengers inside around 5 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. The bus had left Greensboro, N.C., on Monday night.

“The driver was fatigued when he ran off the right side of the road,” Sgt. Thomas Molnar of the Virginia State Police told reporters at the scene.

June 6, 2011
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Queens driver charged with reckless driving in Virginia bus crash that left four passengers dead

NY Daily News

BY GREG B. SMITH AND CORKY SIEMASZKO

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Queens man was asleep at the wheel of a New York-bound bus that skidded off the highway in Virginia early Tuesday, killing four passengers and badly injuring scores more, police said.

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, was charged with reckless driving in connection with the crash that left a motor coach flipped over on its roof and trapped passengers inside screaming for help.

The Flushing man was employed by the Sky Express Bus Company, a problem plagued business based in North Carolina.

"The driver was fatigued when he ran off the right side of the road," Sgt. Thomas Molnar of the Virginia State Police said.

June 6, 2011
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Operator in Latest Fatal Tour Bus Crash Had Poor Safety Record

WNYC News Blog

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 08:39 PM

By Jim O'Grady

The federal government has ordered the tour bus company linked to the fatal crash of a bus in Virgina that was returning to Chinatown on Tuesday to halt operations.

Sky Express Bus Company, the tour bus operator, had four crashes in the past two years with two injuries, and drivers were slapped with 46 violations related to driver fatigue and falsifying driving records, according to Department of Transportation records.

June 6, 2011
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Queens Driver Charged In Fatal Virginia Bus Accident

NY 1

Updated 05/31/2011 11:24 PM

By: Tetiana Anderson

Authorities have filed charges against a Queens driver whose Chinatown-bound tour bus flipped over early Tuesday on Interstate 95 in Virginia, killing four women and injuring more than 50 other people.

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Flushing, Queens is facing reckless driving charges and is being held in a Virginia jail on $3,000 bond.

Authorities say 58 passengers were onboard when the SkyExpress Inc-owned bus flipped onto its roof just before 5 a.m. on Interstate 95, about 30 miles north of Richmond. It had departed from Greensboro, N.C. at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

June 6, 2011
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Awaits Funding Plan

Wall Street Journal

JUNE 1, 2011

By Joseph De Avila

A milestone for the future of Brooklyn Bridge Park is approaching as officials continue to look for ways to generate operating funds for the partially built public space that eventually will cover 85 acres.

The original plan to fund the park's expected annual expenses of $16 million called for building new housing within the park. That plan is opposed by many locals who say that housing would detract from the park.

June 6, 2011
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High-tech wellness center open for business

Downtown Express

May 25, 2011

By Marissa Maier | At the ribbon cutting ceremony for New York Downtown Hospital’s new Wellness and Prevention Center on Friday, May 20, Dr. Warren Licht recounted an all too familiar story to the crowd.

“All of us here today have made a visit to a doctor’s office,” said Dr. Licht, the hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Licht told of the traditional office visit with the sliding glass window separating the patient from the receptionist, the classic scent of Lysol in the waiting room and the cold and sterile exam room. The physician, Dr. Licht continued, lazily or hastily enters the room and it is with this person the patient is expected to impart their most personal information.

May 26, 2011
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9/11 A Decade Later: Conde Nast To Occupy 1 World Trade Center

NY 1

Updated 05/25/2011 07:54 PM

By: Bobby Cuza       

On Wednesday, officials announced a deal naming Conde Nast the anchor tenant at 1 World Trade Center.

"1 World Trade Center has captured the largest new tenant lease downtown in 25 years," said Port Authority Executive Director Christopher Ward.

The deal gives Conde Nast a million square feet of brand-new office space. Until now, only one other corporate tenant, a Chinese company, had leased space there.

May 26, 2011
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Ethics Reform Petition Attempt Fails

NY Daily News

The Daily Politics

May 25, 2011 11:58 AM

BY Ken Lovett

In a result that surprised no one, Sen. Daniel Squadron and other Dems fell short in their attempt to petition four reform bills on to floor of the Senate for a vote.

As the Daily Politics previously reported, Squadron reached out to all 54 senators who signed a pledge for ethics reform asking they sign the bill petitions. Signatures from two-thirds of the chamber, or 38 senators, would be needed to bypass the regular process of bringing legislation to the floor for a vote.

May 26, 2011
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Cutting the Ribbon on New Tech Opportunities

Carroll Gardens Patch

The Neighborhood Files

The Carroll Gardens Association officially opens its new computer training center.

By Miriam Coleman | May 20, 2011 (Photo by Miriam Coleman)

“Those days are over when you can have a job without a computer,” said Francis Ilonzeh, a fresh graduate of the Carroll Gardens Association’s new Computer Training Center. “That’s why I took the class. I want to catch up.”

May 25, 2011
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Making special elections less special

Times Union

Capital Confidential

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm by Jimmy Vielkind

There’s a push in Brooklyn to make special elections less special, changing the process by which candidates are selected to fill electoral vacancies.

There are now four vacancies in the Assembly, and more pending (what with Assemblyman Will Boyland and Sen. Carl Kruger under indictment) that make now the time to do something, according to Lincoln Restler, a Democratic district leader in Brooklyn affiliated with the New Kings Democrats club.

May 25, 2011
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9/11 A Decade Later: Lower Manhattan Receives Extensive Tourism Campaign

NY 1

Updated 05/19/2011 07:01 PM

By: Bobby Cuza

Tourism and city officials announced Thursday a major campaign to attract more visitors to Lower Manhattan, in time for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

As global attention is expected to return to the area for the opening of the National September 11th Memorial on September 12, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other Downtown Manhattan officials want to trumpet a story of rebirth and attract more visitors through a new global marketing campaign.

May 25, 2011
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Hundreds Brave Torrential Rains to Fight Planned Cuts to Downtown After-School Programs

The Broadsheet Daily

Budding Comedians, Artists, and Athletes to Be Sidelined as Latch-Key Kids

By Dianne Renzulli

May 19, 2011

On Wednesday afternoon, a packed auditorium at P.S. 89/I.S. 289 cheered for politicians, Manhattan Youth organizers and students who rallied the crowd against City and State funding cuts that would eliminate after-school programs at I.S. 289 and P.S. 150 in 2012.

May 25, 2011
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