Mayoral Mercy Mission Edition – Streetsblog New York City

It’s a long-standing tradition for New York mayors to travel to the Caribbean in the event of major disasters. And as New Yorkers, we support such efforts to help our neighbors here and abroad.

So we were thrilled that Mayor Adams rushed to Puerto Rico to help the island-that-should-be-a-state — whose diaspora fills an essential New York heartland — recover from the latest hurricane.

But his transport commissioner? It’s another thing all together.

Here is Mayor Adams with San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero (with Ydanis Rodriguez in the background).  Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office of Photography
Here is Mayor Adams with San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero (with Ydanis Rodriguez and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards in the background). Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor’s Office of Photography

We weren’t the only ones wondering why DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez was also in Puerto Rico with Hizzoner. After the Post published a video of Rodriguez in the background of a mayoral presser, at least one DOT staffer told us that many people in the Lower Manhattan back office – where our story last week about the many problems of the agency was already topic number 1 – shaking their heads about Rodriguez’s role in the mercy mission.

Again, we admire New Yorkers who are moved “to help our brothers and sisters on the ground,” as the mayor said, but regardless of Rodriguez’s strengths – his empathy, compassion and heat are undoubtedly substantial – helping a crippled nation get its transportation system back to working order is not on his professional resume.

Let’s hope Mayor Adams backs up his visit with some real on-the-ground technical expertise.

In other news:

  • You just had to love Christopher Robbins’ delightful story about the hubbub in Gramercy Park after the city had the temerity to install a Citi Bike dock after… telling the neighborhood he was going to do just that at a recent community board meeting. Nonetheless, the poobahs on the private green let out the cry of “We were never told!” In any event. It never ends. (hell gate)
  • Sure, there was a heavy rain on Sunday night, but most of us went to work on Monday confident that Lake Gutman had been completely drained by DOT repaving efforts last week. Well apparently not:

But the good news, according to the DOT news agency, is that the agency is still working to make sure the Brooklyn Bridge bike path has no puddles (which are a real danger in the winter). . We will stick to the story.

  • Political writer Ross Barkan obviously loved our reporter Jesse Coburn’s in-depth analysis of the issues within the Department for Transport – so much so that he devoted an entire column to it and used Coburn’s reporting as another way to get into his chorus that Mayor Adams doesn’t know. what he does. (Political currents)
  • Will our various governments pay $52 billion protect New York from weather-related storm surges? (NY Times, gothamist, The city)
  • Few outlets jumped on news from Transportation Alternatives on Monday that it had set up a website to track Mayor Adams’ bike lane shortcomings – which is a shame as it fits into a growing narrative that this mayor ‘Get Stuff Done’ is just getting started some things done. (Streetsblog, amNY)
  • Weird that the post office jumps on the “privatize the police” bandwagon.
  • A fleeing driver killed a man on FDR Drive. (NYDN, New York Post, amNY)
  • A carjacking attempt sent a vehicle crashing into a KFC. (NYDN, New York Post)
  • Sure, they’re electric, but it looks like China is about to repeat Detroit’s mistakes and turn a car-centric society into a car-dependent society. (NY Times)

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