Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Martha Hirst reported there has been a 12-percent reduction in provisionals working for the city, which she called part of the good news; of the first year of the agency's five-year plan to reduce temporary workers and hold more civil service exams. The Chief-Leader/Michel Friang
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --- The MTA's decision to host multiple public hearings across the city as transit riders brace for service cuts meant the MTA's leadership and board members were divided, and only a handful could attend either forum.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island should get first crack at $3 billion in federal transportation funding that Mayor Bloomberg would like to see used to extend the No. 7 subway line to New Jersey, state Sen. Diane Savino said."If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to truly move people out of their cars and onto rail, extending a subway to the Island is the way to do it," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "The MTA should complete a 1912 plan that would have rail and freight access from the terminus of Victory Boulevard to Brooklyn, along 67th Street, and then utilize the R train route along Fourth Avenue. The projected cost of the plan is $3 billion, the same as the extension of the 7 line under the Hudson River."
So now Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing his own version of a rail tunnel connection between Manhattan and New Jersey. Plans call for the No. 7 line to be extended to 12th Avenue and 34th Street on the West Side. But the mayor has floated the idea of extending the No. 7 subway line even farther, into New Jersey Transit’s hub at the Secaucus Junction station.
A New Version of an Old PlanBy Harold EgelnBrooklyn Daily Eagle
SOUTHWEST BROOKLYN — Board the R subway at DeKalb Avenue and exit the R on ... Victory Boulevard on Staten Island?
“If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to truly move people out of their cars and onto rail, extending a subway to Staten Island is the way to do it,” said Savino making her proposal recently.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Calling it a "waste of time, effort, energy and money," state Sen. Diane Savino yesterday thumped an MTA plan to erect barriers or sliding doors on subway platforms to prevent passengers from falling onto the tracks and to keep a lid on litter.