People’s Lives Before Politics: Help Us Change Albany

Last week, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a bill allowing New York City to set its default speed limit to 25 mph. This hard-fought victory required the passion and devotion of advocates from all walks of life, many of whom know all too well the pain of losing a loved one to traffic violence.

But it shouldn’t be this hard. All the backroom horse-trading, the eleventh-hour dealmaking… it shouldn’t take this much work to enact sensible policies that save lives.

That’s where you come in.

Your calls, your emails, and your donations ensure that each step toward making New York City’s streets as safe as possible comes faster than the one before it. By helping StreetsPAC elect candidates who put people over politics, you make the city more walkable, bikeable, and livable everyday.

Together, our accomplishments in the past year have included:

  • Twenty-one candidates endorsed by StreetsPAC won their races, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito.
  • Eight of the thirteen members of the City Council’s Transportation Committee are StreetsPAC endorsees.
  • Our board members lobbied and provided key legal support for Intro 238, a groundbreaking New York City law that criminalizes a sober driver’s failure to yield to a pedestrian or cyclist that results in injury or death.
  • StreetsPAC members testified at City Council hearings in support of a historic package of eleven bills that were recently signed into law by Mayor de Blasio.
  • Our organization co-sponsored Vision Zero Town Halls in each of the five boroughs.

There is still, however, much more to be done. Last week’s down-to-the-wire legislative victory demonstrates the need to change the conversation in Albany. This week, StreetsPAC will be sending our questionnaire to candidates for the State Senate and Assembly, and we’ll soon be following up many of those survey responses with in-depth personal interviews. But we won’t be able to elect candidates who share our goal of safe, complete, and livable streets without your help.

Together our work has pushed the livable streets agenda into the forefront of city and state politics. Please support StreetsPAC with a donation today, and help us continue to shape a safer New York City.

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Bikes on the Steps of City Hall? Yes!

City Hall Bikes

New York City Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Ben Kallos, Brad Lander, Antonio Reynoso and Helen Rosenthal joined StreetsPAC board members and dozens of bike commuters this morning on two rides that culminated on the steps of City Hall in a celebration of Bike-to-Work Week and a call for further action on street-safety initiatives.

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Street Safety for All! Bike Ride & Press Conference

On Thursday, May 15, join Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (District 38), Councilmember Ben Kallos (District 5) and StreetsPAC for a solidarity bike ride to City Hall in support of May Bike Month and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero Action Plan. Later that day, Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez and the Transportation Committee of the New York City Council will hold their Executive Budget Hearing, focusing on funding the next steps toward Street Safety for All.

Help us make widespread safety a reality! Vision Zero presents a comprehensive blueprint for ending the epidemic of traffic fatalities, enhancing the safety of all New Yorkers, regardless of their mode of travel. In the past month, the Council has discussed more than 20 resolutions and amendments to local law, all aimed at making our streets safer.

Starting points in both Brooklyn and Manhattan!

From Brooklyn Borough Hall (2 miles to City Hall)

Meet at steps of Borough Hall at 8:00AM for brief remarks

- Bike Train to City Hall departs @8:20AM
- Please bring water, wear comfortable clothes and a helmet 

*Citibike option available near the steps of Borough Hall on Cadman Plaza

From Union Square (2 miles to City Hall)

Meet at steps at southern end of Union Square at 8:00AM for brief remarks

- Bike Train to City Hall departs @8:20AM
- Please bring water, wear comfortable clothes and a helmet 

*Citibike option available on Broadway at SE corner of 14th street

Both groups of cyclists will arrive at City Hall at 8:45AM, and combine for a powerful, unified showing of support for Vision Zero at 9:00AM.

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StreetsPAC Commends Mayor de Blasio's Creation of Vision Zero Working Group, Commitment to Traffic Safety

StreetsPAC commends Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement today of the creation of an interagency working group charged with implementing his Vision Zero plan and developing a blueprint for eliminating deadly crashes from New York City streets.  We look forward to aiding the Department of Transportation, NYPD, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Taxi & Limousine Commission in any way we can as they create a comprehensive road map over the next 30 days for making the city's streets measurably safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and drivers.

We are committed to helping the de Blasio Administration and the New York City Council win home rule, so that New York City can protect the health and safety of its citizens without first having to seek approval from Albany. The city must be able to set a lower citywide speed limit and deploy life-saving speed and red-light cameras as it sees fit.  We will also support the Mayor's efforts to seek stiffer criminal penalties for drivers who kill or injure when they disobey traffic laws or are otherwise negligent.

Mayor de Blasio won StreetsPAC's endorsement during the Democratic Mayoral primary and in November's general election largely on the strength of his commitment to Vision Zero and the quest to eliminate traffic fatalities in New York City.  We're deeply gratified to see him following through so strongly on his campaign promises in such a timely fashion.  We applaud his appointment of US DOT Under Secretary for Policy Polly Trottenberg as the city's Transportation Commissioner; her dedication to making New York City's streets safer for all users was made clear from day one of the de Blasio Administration.  And as we stated last month, we're heartened by Police Commissioner Bratton's commitment to making enforcement of dangerous driving violations a top priority for the NYPD.  His plan to significantly increase the number of police officers dedicated to traffic enforcement is an important step in that direction.

Today's announcement is a good first step by Mayor de Blasio in what will surely be a long and arduous journey to achieving Vision Zero.  The critical work of redesigning dangerous corridors and intersections, lowering speed limits and increasing penalties for drivers who kill or maim will doubtlessly meet resistance in certain quarters.  The Mayor will need to be firm in his resolve.  But traffic violence is an epidemic that takes the lives of far too many New Yorkers and forever affects the lives of countless others.  We applaud Mayor de Blasio for making Vision Zero an important part of his vision for a better New York.  We look forward to the findings of the interagency working group.

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StreetsPAC Applauds Appointment of Bill Bratton as Next NYPD Commissioner

StreetsPAC applauds Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's appointment of Bill Bratton as New York City's next Police Commissioner.  Mr. Bratton's innovative implementation of "broken windows" policing theory during his first term at the helm of the NYPD helped begin a large-scale reduction in crime that continues to this day, and we look forward to his implementing a similar "broken speedometers" or "broken crosswalks" approach to dealing with traffic violence.  More effective and consistent enforcement of reckless and dangerous driving violations will play a major role in achieving Mayor-elect de Blasio's Vision Zero goals, and we're confident that Mr. Bratton is the right leader for such an important effort.

At his introduction today, Mr. Bratton said "as the death tolls have declined dramatically for violent crime in the city, this year the number of people killed on our streets, pedestrians in traffic, will almost equal the homicide total and murder total. So there needs to be a continuing and expanding commitment. The Mayor[-elect] has clearly indicated that that will be a priority going forward. And we will commit to delivering on those priorities."

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StreetsPAC Announces Two Final Endorsements for City Council

Daniel Dromm in Queens, Corey Johnson in Manhattan

NEW YORK, NY, November 4, 2013 – Complete- and safe-streets political action committee StreetsPAC today announced its final two candidate endorsements ahead of tomorrow’s New York City general election, urging voters to re-elect Queens Councilman Daniel Dromm, and to choose Corey Johnson to fill the Manhattan Council seat currently held by Christine Quinn.


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Focus On John Mancuso (Council District 50, Staten Island)

This is the latest installment in our spotlight series on StreetsPAC endorsed candidates. 

mark_weprin.jpgJohn Mancuso, Council District 50, Staten Island

John Mancuso, a Captain in the Auxiliary Police from South Beach, plans to focus on improving Staten Island's transportation infrastructure. His most urgent priority is to transform dangerous thoroughfares like Hylan Boulevard into high-performance complete streets that safely accommodate more users. He'll champion construction of a pedestrian and cyclist path on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, in order to add transportation options, improve disaster preparedness, and boost tourism to Staten Island. He will also work to keep cars out of parks and reform New York City's dysfunctional bridge-tolling system to equalize fares across all of NYC's bridges.

 John M. Mancuso     @JohnMMancuso

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StreetsPAC Releases Vision Zero/Bill de Blasio Spoke Cards

StreetsPAC, the complete and safe streets political action committee, is promoting the “Vision Zero” campaign of its endorsee Bill de Blasio with spoke cards that cyclists can display on their wheels for the 2013 election.












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StreetsPAC Announces a New Round of Endorsements

Complete- and safe-streets political action committee StreetsPAC today announced a new round of candidate endorsements for New York City’s November general election, backing the re-election of Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and the first-time candidacies of Ben Kallos and Helen Rosenthal in Manhattan and John Mancuso on Staten Island, all of whom are running for open City Council seats. 


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Focus On: Antonio Reynoso (Council District 34, The Brooklyn)

This is the latest installment in our spotlight series on StreetsPAC endorsed candidates. 

Antonio Reynoso

Reynoso, who’s been Chief of Staff to Councilmember Diana Reyna for the past four years, sees truck-route calming and enforcement as well as expanding the bike lane network for Bushwick and Ridgewood as huge opportunities to improve life in his district. Keeping trucks on redesigned, designated routes will improve street safety for local residents, while an expanded bike lane network would link residents to transit and local jobs. Reynoso has commuted by bicycle since selling his car to campaign full-time, a change that has transformed the way he looks at and experiences city streets.

 Antonio4Council    @Antonio4Council

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