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For Truly Livable Streets, Line Up – Don’t Lane Up by ttoro
Nov 05, 2009 | 7 7 comments | 396 396 recommendations | email to a friend
I’ve often been called a bike advocate and while I don’t mind it, it’s not accurate.   My own advocacy focuses on finding a safe, smart balance for everyone who uses our public space, with priority given to the vulnerabilities and limitations of the human body.   Alternatives to private car use a...
skully board Driving Down Memory Lane by ttoro
Oct 26, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 376 376 recommendations | email to a friend
It's come to this...  the sense of entitlement to all of our public space that drivers demonstrate on a daily basis is now being addressed in a way that potentially punishes the entire population, whether we're driving responsibly or not.  Oh goody. http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/10/26/nypd-amps...
The Impact of the Health Care Bill on Students by TinaFloyd
Oct 19, 2009 | 3 3 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
Now that the health bill has been passed by New York legislators that gives young adults better access to health care , we can only hope that others will follow. Why is this a breakthrough law? It is because it will allow children under the age of 30 can also avail of their parents' health insura...
New Audit Finds Finance Department Not Doing its Job by ComptrollerNYC
Oct 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 141 141 recommendations | email to a friend
  The Department of Finance is costing New York City millions of dollars. It’s as simple as that. An audit by my office has found that the Department has failed to accurately calculate tax benefits under the Section 421(a) housing program, which provides tax exemption benefits to owners of reside...
Finally! by smiller
Sep 25, 2009 | 10 10 comments | 668 668 recommendations | email to a friend
They put some new episodes of Sesame Street on PBS. They just did a 15-minute spoof on Indiana Jones and then played a song called "Surprises" that I swear was sung by The Skygreen Leopards. Now Jack Black is explaining the word "octagon", and from what I can hear he forgot to bring an octagon, b...
NYC Transit is Off Track by ComptrollerNYC
Sep 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
In the past week, I have addressed some serious concerns regarding our transit system.   I wrote Chairman Walder on Monday urging him to reverse his decision to eliminate station agents from 99 subway stations across the City, and today I released audit findings that show the MTA must do a better...
DEP SOAKS NEW YORKERS WITH CROTON DELAYS by ComptrollerNYC
Sep 03, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
The construction of the Croton Water Treatment Plant is yet another example of a City project that has been subject to delays and ballooning costs.    My office recently conducted two audits of The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s management of the project.  One looked at th...
Signs of Burnout Over Term Paper Writing by LizMoe
Sep 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Making a term paper is not the easiest task yet it is not thehardest either. There is this sense of balance that can be practiced when it comes to making one. But then again, there comes a time when one cannot just hold on anymore, when no matter how much one wants to continue to write, it just d...
Post-Rezoning Transportation Problems, or: Chronicle of a Death Foretold by ttoro
Aug 25, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 394 394 recommendations | email to a friend
While contemplating the changes for Kent Avenue and Northside, and the proposed rezoning of the Broadway Triangle, I have found myself referencing the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning Action from 2005.  At the time, I expressed to anyone who'd listen that the rezoning proposal was incomplete beca...
Rest In Peace Eunice Kennedy Shriver by ComptrollerNYC
Aug 12, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 152 152 recommendations | email to a friend
I join with millions of Americans in mourning the loss of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a truly selfless individual who has left an indelible mark on this country. As the founder of the Special Olympics four decades ago, she forever changed the lives of countless individuals living with disabilities.  ...