MTA plans boro subway, bus service cuts

Posted by Philip Newman in City Council, Congress, District 27, District 30, Governor on December 23, 2009 | No Comments

Transit officials have approved drastic subway and bus system cuts because of a nearly $400 million deficit, but the new MTA chairman as well as several MTA board members appeared to suggest the possibility of a way out or at least mitigating the worst of the dreaded plan. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder listened [...]

Keep W train: West Qns. pols

Posted by Nathan Duke in Assembly, City Comptroller, City Council, District 19, District 22, District 36 on December 23, 2009 | No Comments

Astoria’s elected officials blasted the city’s decision to shut down its W train service last week, saying thousands of western Queens residents rely on the subway to commute to Manhattan. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Dec. 16 in favor of subway service cuts that would include eliminating Astoria’s W train completely in the spring. The [...]

Students rally for free MetroCards

Posted by Nathan Duke and Anna Gustafson in Assembly, District 15, District 19, District 22, District 23, District 25, District 28, State Senate on December 23, 2009 | No Comments

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) joined Queens students last weekend in Flushing to protest cuts in the MTA’s 2010 budget that will force schoolchildren who receive free MetroCards to start paying fares. Meng and a small crowd of students held signs reading “No Cuts to Student Aid” as they decried the Metropolitan Transportation Authority actions [...]

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LGBT activists protest against Monserrate

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in Assembly, District 13, District 34, District 39, State Senate on December 16, 2009 | No Comments

The wound is still fresh for gay and lesbian constituents of Queens and state senators like Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst), who voted against same-sex marriage two weeks ago. Organized by groups like the LGBT Coalition of Queens and the Western Queens Same Sex Marriage Alliance, protesters marched on Monserrate’s office in East Elmhurst Saturday and [...]

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Guv touts progress on foreclosures at town hall

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Governor on December 16, 2009 | No Comments

Jamaica residents have been hit with a barrage of problems due to the state’s recession. Job losses, thousands of home foreclosures and depleted health services have been lingering in the minds and lives of residents over the last few years. In a special town hall meeting last week, Gov. David Paterson took time to hear [...]

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‘Doomsday’ returns for MTA

Posted by Philip Newman in Governor on December 16, 2009 | No Comments

Transit officials, once again teetering on the edge of a financial abyss, said they will be forced to shut down the W and Z subway lines and 25 bus routes, carry out layoffs and pay cuts and take free MetroCards away from a half-million schoolchildren. “I wish I could tell you that losing this amount [...]