Next Wednesday, September 7, we're hosting a fundraiser for Brooklyn City Council Member Carlos Menchaca to help him jump-start his 2017 re-election campaign (yes, it's that time already).
Carlos was one of the first candidates we endorsed in 2013, and he hasn't disappointed. He has a terrific voting record in the Council, and has worked on a number of pieces of legislation aimed at improving the safety of New York City's streets, including a bill before the Council that, if passed into law, would allow people on bikes to follow pedestrian signals, an important initiative that would greatly reduce turning conflicts with drivers.
Here are the details:
StreetsPAC Fundraiser for Carlos Menchaca
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
494 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
We're suggesting a minimum donation of $50, and there'll be plenty of free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Hollow Nickel is conveniently located within a couple of blocks of subway stations serving the A, B, C, D, G, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5 lines. You can RSVP via Facebook, here.
And if you can't make it Wednesday, you can help Carlos's re-election effort today by making a contribution at Carlos2017.com.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Reminder: September 13th State and Local Primary Election
The polls will be open on September 13th from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for New York's state and local primary election. There are primaries in a number of State Senate and Assembly races, as well as local Assembly District Leader contests, and a handful of judicial races.
The deadline to register to vote in this primary has passed, but if you're unsure of your voter registration status, you can check it here.
You can check your voting site, see a sample ballot, request an absentee ballot, and find all the information you need about voting at the NYC Board of Elections website. Your vote matters!
StreetsPAC Endorsees Making News
A couple 2013 StreetsPAC endorsees are in the news this week for taking forward-thinking approaches to important issues facing New York City streets.
Streetsblog reported yesterday that Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has signed on to Transportation Alternatives' 14th Street "PeopleWay" campaign, which calls for making Manhattan's 14th Street car-free from river to river during the expected 18-month shutdown of the L subway line for tunnel rehabilitation, while prioritizing dedicated bus and bike lanes and additional space for pedestrians.
And in the Bronx, City Council Member Vanessa Gibson has endorsed another T.A. effort, this one aimed at bringing protected bike lanes to the Grand Concourse. The Grand Concourse is one of the city's most dangerous streets for vulnerable users, and is one of four "Vision Zero Great Streets" identified by NYC DOT for major safety upgrades.
We're proud to see Borough President Brewer and Council Member Gibson leading on these important initiatives, like many other StreetsPAC endorsees citywide!
StreetsPoll Results: Let's Replace the Harrowing Intersection of Flatbush, Atlantic and 4th Avenues with a Big Roundabout!
The votes are in, and you guys overwhelmingly think that the solution to the dangers at the intersection of Brooklyn's Flatbush, Atlantic and 4th Avenues is a roundabout, as proposed by Perkins Eastman's Jonathan Cohn. In last week's StreetsPoll, 73% of you preferred the traffic-circle concept to changes proposed by the city, the status quo, and a return to the drawing board. Your move, NYC DOT.
Congratulations to Michael Martin, the randomly selected winner of an official StreetsPAC t-shirt from among respondents to last week's StreetsPoll.