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Uber, Lyft, and the end of taxi history

capitalnewyork.com — Tweet Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Print Uber, Lyft and like-minded taxi app companies are so innovative, and so fundamentally different than the livery entities that came before, that the long history of for-hire vehicles and the regulations created to govern them are now academic.

A turtle mystery in Jamaica Bay

capitalnewyork.com — Something strange is happening to the diamondback terrapin turtles of Jamaica Bay, though there's some question as to precisely what that strange thing means. "Nobody has ever seen anything like this before," said Russell Burke, a Hofstra University ecology professor and one of the foremost experts on Jamaica Bay's population of diamondback terrapin turtles, the largest concentration in the state.

Uber publicly embraces regulation, the 'modern' sort

capitalnewyork.com — The days of Uber publicly thumbing its nose at regulators are apparently a thing of the past. On Wednesday afternoon, a reporter asked Uber executive (and former Obama campaign manager) David Plouffe whether Uber thinks taxi apps like itself need to be regulated by the government.

Sources: CitiBike deal closes

capitalnewyork.com — A real estate company has closed on a deal to buy Alta Bicycle Share, according to two knowledgeable sources. REQX Ventures, a company run by people affiliated with Related Companies-developer of the Time Warner Center and Hudson Yards-and its subsidiary Equinox, will own all of Alta Bicycle Share, according to one of those sources.

Experts lower expectations for de Blasio housing plan

capitalnewyork.com — One of the city's leading affordable housing advocates on Friday said that neither he nor the affordable housing advocates his organization represents would be particularly perturbed if Mayor Bill de Blasio failed to complete his ambitious affordable housing plan.

Hillary endorses Cuomo, and he almost reciprocates

capitalnewyork.com — Andrew Cuomo told a crowd of Democrats Thursday that he had very high hopes for Hillary Clinton. "Hillary Clinton is so good that whatever she does she's going to be an overwhelming success," the governor said, at an event today with the former New York senator to promote his campaign and his Women's Equality Party.

Civic planners suggest a new home for M.S.G.

capitalnewyork.com — Tweet Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Print If there's any hope for a new Penn Station, Madison Square Garden will have to move, and on Thursday, a group of prominent urban planners will recommend a place to move it to: a U.S. Postal Service mail-sorting facility on Ninth Avenue.

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.
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RT @jbarro: SI is unfazed by the fact its congressman is under indictment (and threatened to throw a man off a balcony) capitalnewyork.com/article/city-h…

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RT @capitalnewyork: Capital Playbook Contest: Enter your best guesses for #NYElection to win dinner with @mikeallen and @Azi capi.tl/1zm5ZCo

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RT @jacobgershman: Spokesman for New York State Democratic Committee defends creepy mailers as "standard practice." capitalnewyork.com/article/city-h…

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Hmmm. "City won't increase reserve for retired teachers capi.tl/1wQuabc"

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"Chirlane McCray, was close with Banks and had wanted him to be picked for the NYPD Commissoner spot" dnain.fo/1tI36sb

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