The newest New York license plate, selected by state residents, was announced early this month — but the controversy kicked up by the state’s plan to require drivers to replace their old license plates remains.
This last week saw the opening of the first new concourse and gates at Delta Air Lines' new Terminal C, part of an $8 billion transformation of LaGuardia Airport. And funding has been approved for the AirTrain LGA, which will connect the airport with a new station at Willets Point linked to enhanced Long Island Railroad service to and from New York City
A law signed at the end of the 2019 legislative session by Gov. Andrew Cuomo includes a requirement that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board approve a reorganization plan for New York City’s subway systems by the end of this month, while advocacy groups argue that there needs to be more transparency to the process.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority board approved a controversial and hastily wrought reorganization plan on Wednesday that could cut as many as 2,700 jobs and save MTA as much as $530 million annually over the next three years — but the speed with which it was developed, limited public input, the fact that it’s not exactly complete and fears that planned consolidation will wrest control from popular NYC Transit President Andy Byford and other MTA division heads has many concerned.
Scolding state lawmakers for being hypocritical, misleading and irresponsible, the commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles issued a statement Thursday, defending the statewide license plate replacement program set to begin next April.
The condition of New York City subways has not much improved over the last five years, according to an analysis of MTA data by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. But it’s not as bad as it was ten years ago. Primary takeaway? Enjoy the scenery, but watch your step.
The second span of the Kosciuszko Bridge will open to traffic before rush hour early on Thursday morning, carrying commuters from Queens into Brooklyn four years ahead of schedule. The state has already partnered with a Brooklyn park conservancy to turn a seven-mile stretch of land underneath the new bridge in Greenpoint into a multi-purpose public park and cultural center.
Federal aviation safety inspectors haven't been inspecting anything for the last two weeks because of the government shutdown. Deemed nonessential workers, the inspectors say they're anything but. Holding signs saying, "Was your airplane properly repaired and inspected today? The FAA does not know!" at Miami International Airport on Thursday, inspectors spoke with departing airline passengers about what they say is a heightened risk of aviation accidents because of their absence.