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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Area leaders demand VLT firm pick

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 15, District 23, Governor, State Senate on December 9, 2009 | No Comments

Frustration is mounting by the day over Gov. David Paterson’s indecision on picking a firm to construct and operate video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track. “I’m very upset at the governor. I’m very angry at the governor,” state Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway Beach) told Community Board 10 last week at a meeting. “Gov. Paterson, [...]

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No deadline set to pick an Aqueduct VLT firm

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 15, Governor, State Senate on December 2, 2009 | No Comments

With the state in a budget crunch and losing $1 million in education money for every day the video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track are not up and running, a spokesman for Gov. David Paterson said there is no deadline for selecting a firm to run the machines at the Ozone Park track. “There’s [...]

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Guv mulls options as state deficit grows

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in Governor on November 4, 2009 | No Comments

The state’s projected deficit has swelled to $10 billion over two years, Gov. David Paterson said last week as he again pushed a proposal to cut that gap. This year’s deficit has gone from $1.1 billion to $3.2 billion, while next year’s deficit grew by $2.2 billion to $6.8 billion since July’s estimate. Paterson has [...]