StreetsPAC-Endorsed Candidates Win Assembly Races; PPW Bike Path Suit Dropped; Citi Bike Boom; StreetsPoll Results

StreetsPAC-Endorsed Candidates Win Manhattan, Brooklyn Assembly Primaries!

In New York's September 13th primary election, two StreetsPAC-endorsed candidates for the New York State Assembly won their respective Democratic primary contests in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

In Upper Manhattan's 72nd Assembly District, which also includes a small portion of the Bronx, challenger Carmen De La Rosa defeated incumbent Assemblyman Guillermo Linares in a four-person race. And in Brooklyn's 44th Assembly District, attorney Robert Carroll won a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for a seat held currently by Assemblyman Jim Brennan, who is retiring.

The three other candidates whom we endorsed in the primary didn't fare as well. Adrienne Adams lost to incumbent James Sanders, Jr. in Queens’s 10th Senate District, Paul Newell finished third behind winner Yuh-Line Niou in the six-way race for Sheldon Silver's former Assembly seat in Lower Manhattan, and Micah Lasher ran a close second to Marisol Alcantara in a tight race to replace Adriano Espaillat in Manhattan and the Bronx's 31st Senate District. We congratulate the winners, and thank our endorsees for embracing safe and complete streets and better transit in their campaigns.

Additionally, we endorsed incumbent Brooklyn Assembly Members Felix Ortiz (51st District) and Jo Anne Simon (52nd District) for re-election, neither of whom faced a primary challenge.

Carmen De La Rosa and Robert Carroll have both pledged to support the Move New York Fair Plan, installation of life-saving speed cameras at all 2,000+ New York City school (without restriction on their operation), increased deployment of red-light cameras, and expansion of the MTA’s Select Bus Service if elected to the Assembly. See below for a bit more about them.

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StreetsPAC Announces 2016 New York State Senate & Assembly Endorsements

StreetsPAC today announced its endorsements for candidates running in the September 13th primary races for the New York State Senate and Assembly.

In Senate races, StreetsPAC is endorsing challenger Adrienne Adams in Queens’s 10th District, and in a hotly contested battle for an open seat in Manhattan’s 31st District, StreetsPAC is supporting Micah Lasher.  In Assembly contests, StreetsPAC is backing Robert Carroll in the open race for Brooklyn’s 44th District, challenger Paul Newell in a six-way race in lower Manhattan’s 65th District, and challenger Carmen de la Rosa in upper Manhattan’s 72nd District.

In addition, StreetsPAC is endorsing incumbent Brooklyn Assembly Members Felix Ortiz (51st District) and Jo Anne Simon (52nd District), neither of whom faces a primary challenge.

“For most state legislative races, incumbents are virtually guaranteed re-election, so our focus was on the handful of races for open seats, as well as those few contests in which there were legitimate, well organized and well funded challengers,” said Eric McClure, Executive Director of StreetsPAC.  “With Assembly Members Ortiz and Simon, we felt it important to make a statement of support for a pair of incumbents who boast particularly distinguished records on safe streets.”

“Infusing the legislature with new ideas and fresh energy is critical,” said StreetsPAC board member Sebastian Delmont, “and our endorsement decisions certainly take that into account.  The current way of doing things in Albany is obviously ripe for improvement.”

“While most decisions affecting street safety and transportation in New York City are made in City Hall and the Council, the state government plays a major role in a few key areas, including funding of the MTA and deployment and operation of speed and red-light cameras,” said Peter Frishauf, a StreetsPAC board member.  “We’re backing candidates who are committed to leading on those issues.” 

Click through after the jump for a round up of today’s StreetsPAC endorsees, all of whom have pledged to support the Move New York Fair Plan, installation of life-saving speed cameras at all 2,000+ New York City school (without restriction on their operation), increased deployment of red-light cameras, and expansion of the MTA’s Select Bus Service.

 

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Menchaca Fundraiser; September Primary; StreetsPAC Endorsees Making News; StreetsPoll Results

Please Join Us! September 7 Fundraiser for City Council Member Carlos Menchaca!

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).

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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.
Hollow Nickel
494 Atlantic AvenueBrooklyn

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!
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Register to Vote; Questionnaire Deadline; MoveNY & Street Safety; Menchaca Fundraiser

Two Days Left to Register to Vote in the September 13th Primary Election

Here's a quick reminder that the deadline to register to vote in the September 13th state and local primary election is this Friday, August 19th.

Vote.jpgRegistration forms must be postmarked by Friday and received by the Board of Elections no later than August 24th. Change of address for the September primary must also be received by August 24th. You can also register in person at a Board of Elections office, or, if you have a valid ID issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can register online at dmv.ny.gov (the deadline for in-person and online registrations is also August 19th).

If you're unsure of your voter registration status, you can check it here.

Find all the information you need, and download a voter registration form, at the New York City Board of Elections' website.

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NYS Questionnaire; Menchaca Save-the-Date; Brooklyn Bridge; StreetsPoll Results

StreetsPAC Issues 2016 Questionnaire for State Senate and Assembly Candidates

If you're running for the New York State Senate or Assembly, we invite you to complete our 2016 Candidate Questionnaire. It is a pre-requisite for being considered for StreetsPAC's endorsement, but it'll take you only a few minutes to complete.

To get started on completing our questionnaire, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYS2016. You can return to an unfinished questionnaire before submitting it, and we will confirm your submission with your campaign once you complete the survey.

And if you're a New York City voter who's interested on how the candidates in your Senate and Assembly districts stand on safe-streets and public transit issues, we urge you to share the link with their campaigns. You deserve to know where the people running to represent you in the State Legislature come down on these important questions.

Completed questionnaires are due on Monday, August 22.
 
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More Vision, More Zero(es); Better L-ternatives; Rosenthal Recap; StreetsPoll Results

More Vision, More Zero(es): New Data Shows Uptick in City Traffic Deaths

Streetsblog reported Tuesday that New York City had – after several months – updated its Vision Zero View map, and the news, unfortunately, isn't good: traffic deaths increased in the first six months of the year vs. the same period in 2015.

Overall, 111 people died in traffic crashes from January to June, an increase of four deaths from the year-ago period. People on foot accounted for 58 of the fatalities, and 12 people riding bikes were killed, vs. 63 and 5, respectively, in the first half of 2015.

Traffic injuries suffered by pedestrians and cyclists, which as Streetsblog points out are less subject to random variation, also increased, up 9% vs. last year (injuries to people on bikes were up 15%). The city does not report on the severity of injuries.

While the increase in traffic deaths and injuries isn't catastrophic (a particularly bloody June accounted for all of the bump in deaths), they're a stark reminder that the city needs to double down on its commitment to Vision Zero if we're going to achieve the goal of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2024. And that means putting significantly more money and effort into redesigning city streets, especially our deadliest arterial roads.

Vision Zero is first and foremost about the way streets are engineered. And while the City Council requested a 25% increase in funding for street redesigns in the new budget, City Hall did not adhere to the Council's request. Occasional NYPD crackdowns on dangerous driving and marketing campaigns are no substitute for safer street designs.

We know how to achieve Vision Zero. The question is whether we have the political will. A good demonstration of that would be having the vision to add some zeroes to NYC DOT's capital budget.

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Tonight: Fundraiser for Helen Rosenthal!

Please Join Us This Evening for a Fundraiser for City Council Member Helen Rosenthal

This Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m., we invite you to join us for a fundraising event we're co-hosting for Upper West Side City Council Member (and 2013 StreetsPAC endorsee) Helen Rosenthal.

Helen has been a leading voice for safe- and complete-streets projects and policies, including the recently installed Amsterdam Avenue protected bike lane, a car-free Central Park, and unrestricted access to buildings for people with folding bicycles.  Shortly after taking office in 2014, she introduced and led the passage of legislation creating Cooper's Law, which empowers the Taxi & Limousine Commission to suspend or revoke the license of a cab driver who causes serious injury or death when violating traffic laws, named in memory of Cooper Stock.

Helen is ramping up her 2017 re-election bid, and we want to make sure that she gets off to a fast start. Your help will be crucial to her success.

Please click the image below to RSVP. We hope to see you tonight!

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Helen Rosenthal Fundraiser; Support StreetsPAC; Bed-Stuy ❤️ Citi Bike; StreetsPoll Results

Join Us! Fundraiser for City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, July 21, 6:30 p.m.

Please join us next Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m., for a fundraising event we're co-hosting for Upper West Side City Council Member (and 2013 StreetsPAC endorsee) Helen Rosenthal.

Helen has been a leading voice for safe- and complete-streets projects and policies, including the recently finished Amsterdam Avenue protected bike lane, a car-free Central Park, and unrestricted access to buildings for people with folding bicycles.  She's beginning to gear up for her 2017 re-election bid, and we want to make certain that she gets off to a fast start. Your help is critical!

Please click the image below to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you on the 21st.

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Speaking of Which... Please Help StreetsPAC Reach our Summer Fundraising Goal!

We gave you a small break by letting the July campaign finance filing deadline pass on Monday without asking you for money (everyone else was doing that!), but that doesn't mean we're letting you off the hook.

StreetsPAC relies 100% on contributions from you and other supporters of safe and complete streets to fund the critical work of backing candidates who share our beliefs, and the simple truth in politics is this: money talks. We're the only Political Action Committee in New York devoted solely to promoting better streets and transportation policies, and we can't succeed without you.

Please give today to help us recruit and educate candidates who share your commitment to the safety of people who walk and bike, to a fully funded, reliable and accessible transit system, and to achieving Vision Zero. While a good deal has been accomplished during the past few years, there is still so much work left to do.

As an extra incentive, if you contribute $100 or more this month, we'll send you a StreetsPAC t-shirt as a thank you gift.

Donate today!
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Albany Shame; Summer Streets with a Twist; Reynoso Resolute; Rosenthal Fundraiser

Albany to New York City Street Users: Keep Being Dropped Dead!

The 2015-2016 legislative session in Albany came to a close several days ago, and shamefully, the State Legislature failed to act on a number of measures that would have made streets safer for New York City residents and visitors.

Legislation supporting the Move NY Fair Plan, which would equalize tolls on New York City's bridges and simultaneously reduce traffic congestion in and around Manhattan while creating a vital funding stream for the MTA, never made it to a vote.

Neither did a bill that would have increased the number of speed safety cameras deployed in New York City, while eliminating restrictions on their hours of operation.

Nor did the legislature act on a bill that would have ended New York City's stipulated fine program. Or a bill that would have made it faster and cheaper to complete important infrastructure projects.

But take heart! A chance for New York's voters to convene a state Constitutional convention is less than 500 days away! As Crain's New York Business reported yesterday:
Albany’s control over procurement—as well as tolls, traffic lights, schools, rent laws and even fees on plastic bags—will be open for reconsideration in November 2017, when New Yorkers vote on a constitutional convention referendum. The vote, which is held every 20 years, could initiate a larger conversation on the appropriate distribution of power and authority between the state and its municipalities. Constitutional reform could ensure that decisions on laws like design-build—or Move New York's tolling plan—are decided in New York City, not 150 miles to the north.
We'll be keeping a close eye on the Constitutional referendum as November 2017 comes nearer.

In addition, and a good deal more immediately, the de Blasio Administration can take a number of street-safety matters into its own hands, as Streetsblog's Ben Fried opined last week.

 

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Action Alert: Time to Move (Alba)NY; StreetsPoll Results; NYC Mobility Report; TLC Vision Zero Base Reports

Action Alert: Tell Albany to Act on Move NY, Speed Cameras & Stipulated Fines

The 2015-2016 legislative session in Albany is coming to an end tomorrow, and — surprise! — several critically important bills aimed at improving transportation and street safety are languishing in the Assembly and Senate.

The Move NY Fair Plan, which would equalize tolls on New York City's bridges and simultaneously reduce traffic congestion in and around Manhattan while creating a vital funding stream for the MTA, does not appear to be moving forward.
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Nor does a truly life-saving bill that would increase the number of speed safety cameras that the New York City Department of Transportation could deploy while also expanding their hours of operation (a bill that would have permitted speed cameras at every school in New York City, and allow them to operate 24 hours a day, is already effectively dead).

And there's no news on the fate of a bill that would end New York City's stipulated fine program, which reduces or eliminates illegal-parking fines for truck fleets. Collecting the fines — which would amount to tens of millions of dollars in revenue — and in turn creating significantly more on-street loading zones, is a much better alternative.

Please contact State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (518-455-3791 or Speaker@assembly.state.ny.us) and State Senate Leader John Flanagan (518-455-2071 or flanagan@nysenate.gov) today and politely ask them to move these three crucial pieces of legislation forward in this session. Our streets and transportation system can't wait another year!

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