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De Blasio appoints another taxi industry favorite

capitalnewyork.com — Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn't forgotten the folks who helped elect him. On Wednesday, de Blasio announced he would appoint Fidel del Valle commissioner and chief judge of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, an obscure yet important agency that oversees administrative hearings.

Facing funding fight, M.T.A. touts 'unprecedented' use

capitalnewyork.com — As the M.T.A. gears up for a difficult funding fight in Albany, it wants to make one thing clear: The subways might not be particularly well-financed, but they are very heavily used. On September 23, 6,106,694 people rode the subway, "making it the highest ridership ever since daily figures were first recorded in 1985," according to the M.T.A.

Comptroller issues M.T.A. debt warning

capitalnewyork.com — Should New York Governor Andrew Cuomo cause the M.T.A. to take on more debt, New York straphangers and drivers may well have to bear the burden in the form of higher subway fares and bridge tolls. "Additional borrowing could increase pressure on fares and tolls, and while the M.T.A.

The bell tolls for the Rockaway ferry

capitalnewyork.com — Two years after Hurricane Sandy destroyed subway access to the Rockaways, and the city responded by creating emergency ferry service from the barrier peninsula to Manhattan, that ferry service will cease.

At hearing, Uber bridles at city restraints

capitalnewyork.com — At a taxi commission hearing on Thursday morning, an executive from Uber got into a revealing exchange with a New York City taxi commissioner over a set of proposed rules that could hinder some of the taxi app's operations in New York City.

A plea for public access to an 'unsafe' island

capitalnewyork.com — Tweet Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Print On an abandoned island in the middle of the East River populated by picturesque ruins and thickets of vine, two city officials took part in a polite argument about the future of the 20 waterbound acres that, for a quarter century, Typhoid Mary called home.

Rhetoric aside, de Blasio park actions resemble Bloomberg's

capitalnewyork.com — Tweet Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Print Mayor Bill de Blasio purports to be charting a new course in park equity, but so far his parks agenda resembles his predecessor's.

A de Blasio-tailored pitch for a Queens High Line

capitalnewyork.com — Tweet Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Print Mayor Bill de Blasio should support a plan to build a High Line in the middle of Queens because it would satisfy both his traffic safety and park equity agendas.

Genting plays the baccarat card

capitalnewyork.com — Tweet Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Print To the list of unique assets the Malaysian gambling giant Genting is touting as it bids to run a casino in New York, add the following: the loyalty of millions of baccarat-playing Asian gamblers. "Unlike the U.S.

Report prompts dispute about M.T.A.'s suburban bias

capitalnewyork.com — Though some Long Island legislators might take issue with the notion, a report released Wednesday argues the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board is structurally biased toward suburban commuters. "This governance structure contrasts with the city-centered use of the system," reads the report, "Getting to the Route of It," issued by the D.C.-based Eno Center for Transportation.
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RT @ryanchutchins: At least 18 freight train cars derail near Albany; no spill reported capi.tl/1zlevT7 via @capitalnewyork

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RT @DanGoldbergCNY: .@danarubinstein has a really excellent story on the de Blasio taxi appointing a tax industry fave capitalnewyork.com/article/city-h…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @RegionalPlan: As the MTA seeks funds for capital plan, subway ridership continues to grow bit.ly/1vOcZoQ via @danarubinstein

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