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Morning Brief: August 5

by Jeff Coltin
Vision Zero Press Conference

Catherine Yang, Epoch Times

New York’s pedestrian safety initiatives are becoming more visible.  Fourteen more major streets’ speed limits are being dropped from 30 to 25 mph over the next few months.  Jerome Ave in the Bronx just dropped down to 25 yesterday, and WFUV was there to cover it.

Morning Brief: August 4

by Jeff Coltin
Fresh Kills Park

Kristine Paulus, flickr

Is New York’s future on the water?  AM New York’s published a list of five projects that would change New York City, and some of the most exciting ones are on the city’s miles of waterfront [Like Fresh Kills Park, above].  Much of the Hudson coastline has been revitalized by development, is the East River next?

 

WEATHER

Officials Say Staten Island Water Tunnel Project is Almost Ready

by Associated Press
New York Harbor.

Loren Javier, Flickr

A Staten Island water tunnel project that had been delayed almost 18 months by damage caused by Superstorm Sandy will be completed in the fall.

   Officials said Thursday that construction to the Staten Island Siphon, which resumed in April, is more than halfway done.

   The tunnel will connect Staten Island and Brooklyn under the New York Harbor, and allow the removal of two existing water mains that are nearly a century old.

Christie Holds Town Hall Event in Belmar

by Associated Press

Gage Skidmore, Flickr

Gov. Chris Christie was greeted by a smattering of protesters during his latest summertime talk with residents in New Jersey's beach communities.

   During a town hall-style event staged Wednesday in Belmar, Christie was interrupted by audience members angry that his administration has never held one of the events in the city of Newark. Others held signs and wore shirts protesting the Republican governor's call for new pension and benefit cuts.

NY Judge Rejects Stop-Frisk Police Union Claims

by Associated Press
NYPD squad car.

rollingrck, Flickr

A judge has rejected efforts by police unions to overturn a court ruling concluding that New York City's stop-frisk tactics sometimes are discriminatory.

   Judge Analisa Torres issued the decision Wednesday. The unions had sued to get the ruling overturned after the city decided to settle the case. It agreed to make reforms to the program to ensure there is no discrimination against minorities.

   The judge rejected the unions' claims the reputations of their members were damaged by the decision finding discrimination.

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