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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, March 18

Happy post-St. Patrick's Day everyone. Hope everyone made it home safely last night. Here's some links to get you back into the swing of things.

First, let's talk MTA, which is threatening huge fare hikes and massive service cuts as a way to bridge its yawning budget gap. 

The new Democratic Senate majority's short-term MTA bailout plan, which included a 4 percent fare increase for subways and commuter trains and a small payroll tax (25 cents for every $100) but not any tolls for the East and Harlem rivers (as the governor and Richard Ravitch have pushed for), was rejected by both the Gov. David Paterson and the head of the Senate Finance Committee. 

Paterson said the plan was short-sighted and more of a stop-gap measure than a solution. Local politicians, including Senator Pedro Espada and Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitiz say they're adamantly against the bridge tolls and want the MTA to open up its books before they implemet any drastic measures (like bridge tolls). Dinowitz called the tolls regressive (meaning they would hit the less wealthy harder) and said he felt like the MTA was trying to hold lawmakers hostage by threatening them with service cuts and fare hikes. 

The Post reports that a consultant for Paterson may be in line to take over the MTA when it gets organized in the near future, a fact that could be shaping some of his decisions.

Times columnist Jim Dwyer says State leaders are blowing it and don't have enough power to get things done. 

Police continue to investigate an incident in Riverdale where a woman was shot with an arrow. More here about how police are finding the case difficult to solve.

CBS News writes about an Irish dancing troupe in the Bronx. 

GOP leaders are upset that the Senate Dems, including Bronx Senator Jeff Klein, are giving staffers big salary hikes. More on this from NY1, which first reported raises.

1 comment:

  1. It’s come to our attention that New York City is again trying to level tolls on all entrances in and out of Manhattan which effectively forces people who live in Manhattan or on Long Island to pay tolls to access the mainland of the United States.

    In the past, Interpage staff and their families who have worked in New York have been adamantly opposed to what is effectively double taxation. We have put up a few links on our LobbyByFax system to facilitate a constituent response to put pressure on legislators in Albany as well as the New York City Council to express disdain for these proposals.

    Anyone who is reading this who feels similarly are encouraged to use this service. It is completely free and we do not use, solicit or in any way do anything with any names or addresses. LobbyByFax will never e-mail you. Your information will be purged after your fax has been sent out.

    Should you wish to participate, please select the state of New York from the dropdown menu list of the alert page on LobbyByFax and then select the representatives you wish to communicate with.

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