Sheldon Silver is Dead Edition – Streetsblog New York City
News broke late Monday afternoon that longtime Albany power broker Shelly Silver, whose misuse of said power led to her bribery conviction, had died at age 77.
Much has been written – obituaries and autopsies were in the New York Post, daily news, the temperature, amNY – but none of the “big” outlets focused on Silver’s deleterious effect on transit, as we have over the years. It is not “speaking ill” of the dead to point out that money has long been an obstacle to progressive transport policy.
“Better Bus Service in Danger Thanks to Shelly Silver and Assembly Dems” was a typical headline in these pages back when Silver was at the top of Albany’s food chain.
He do support speed and bus lane cameras, a little, and late – but also opposed it, opposed congestion pricing and supported a reduction in the suburban taxas reported by Streetsblog in 2008. (The Post’s obituary do mention Silver’s failure on then-Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing proposal, but that’s about it.)
Now Sheldon Silver is gone. ‘Nuff said.
In other news:
- After removing the NYPD street vendor app, the ticket office is actually at the top against hardworking salespeople, Gothamist found.
- There was a lot of news from the MTA Board Committee meetings yesterday:
- The NYPD told the agency there would definitely be more cops on the subway. (New York Post, NYDN, amNY time of them).
- During this time, City’s Jose Martinez took a broader look at how other transit systems deal with roaming.
- The MTA’s OMNY payment system isn’t quite ready to take over from the MetroCard yet. (NYDN, New York Post)
- MTA overtime has increased during the pandemic, which kind of makes sense. (New York Post)
- Apart from us, only the Daily News covered bloodshed in Manhattan yesterday as two pedestrians were killed.
- As part of his discussion of crime, Mayor Adams kicked off a recurring Streetsblog dream of requiring NYPD cops to live in the five boroughs they serve. Currently, 51% of cops live in the suburbs. (New York Post)
- It’s bad enough that the DOT and the Parks Department totally botched the 79th Street Rotunda repair plans, but apparently the Parks Department is also messing up the construction of a new marina structure there. . (gothamist)