Volume 20, Number 51 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | May 4 - 11, 2011
Caring Community I.P.N. honored NY State Sen. Daniel Squadron and NYC Councilmember Margaret Chin on Fri. April 29. They joined with seniors at a breakfast and were thanked for fighting to restore vital money in the state budget that will maintain services at the senior center.
ALBANY, N.Y. — New Yorkers long fed up with the behavior of politicians in Albany are expected to get a chance to tweet their opinions on a myriad of bills aimed at cleaning up state government.
New York's Senate Democrats plan what they claim will be the first ethics discussion in Albany in which New Yorkers will be able to comment through the Internet. Wednesday's forum will use a technology that will likely include Twitter to allow New Yorkers statewide to comment on the Democrats' proposals.
The bills include creating a nonpartisan commission to redraw election district lines, stripping convicted elected officials of their pensions, and restricting the use of campaign funds.
Local officials are pushing the city to find a solution to the controversy over housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Condo foes thought tax revenues from waterfront properties the Jehovah's Witnesses expect to sell was their best bet to pay for the park without building more housing towers - but the city-controlled park board quietly ordered consultants to nix it.
Now politicians are ramping up the pressure to revive the idea before a final report comes out next month.
After months of bitter dispute, the Cuomo administration and legislative leaders finally reached a deal to strengthen the state’s ethics code. The agreement, which would require more comprehensive financial disclosure statements and ban pay-for-play, was announced just as polling showed the public’s confidence in state government at an all-time low.
“I think we have the seeds of a solution,” the Senate Republican leader told a reporter.
Pardon Me For Asking: News from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and Beyond
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
By Katia Kelly
Good news! The New York Times just reported that a multi-agency agreement has been reached, which would supply cruise ships with shore power from specially built electrical port outlets at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook.
Currently, the ships dock for hours and sometimes days, continually burning diesel fuel to provide electricity onboard.
With the opening of the National Sept. 11 Memorial less than five months away, city and state officials said on Friday that they are
making progress on a plan for coping with the expected influx of tour buses into Lower Manhattan. But nothing has been finalized and only one deadline for a decision is certain: “Sept. 11,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said.
Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times The Queen Mary 2, docked at Red Hook in 2009, before the plug.
The mighty Queen Mary 2 will no longer be belching diesel fumes over Red Hook when it docks at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal next year. Instead, the cruise ship will shut its engines and plug into a giant electrical outlet built especially for the port.
Leguislative Gazette by Simon Garron-Caine April 11, 2011 In the face of two recent tragedies, the Assembly passed a bill April 4 that would create a regulatory system for intercity buses operating out of New York City. "As last month's tragic crash in the Bronx made clear, it is past time to impose reasonable regulations on the discount bus industry. Today's unregulated environment is like the wild west, and that doesn't work for bus companies, passengers or the community," said Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Carroll Gardens, who sponsors the bill (S.2977/A.4578). The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, whose district serves as one of New York City's discount bus hubs.
Two fatal bus crashes prompted the City to get behind a New York State law requiring permits of intercity buses for passenger drop-offs and pick-ups in Chinatown and citywide.
The intercity bus bill, introduced in the State Senate and Assembly last month, would improve safety for passengers and lessen noise, pollution and congestion in Chinatown, according to N.Y. State Senator Daniel Squadron.
Community members and elected officials are furious that a report studying ways to fund Brooklyn Bridge Park’s massive maintenance budget may be leaving good cash on the table.
A consultant hired to search for revenue to maintain the park without building residences within its waterfront footprint released a draft report last month that predicted non-housing options could generate $2.5 million to $7 million — not even half of the ballooning $16-million maintenance budget.