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August 22, 2011
  • So that loophole thing I mentioned a few days ago about the NYC School Construction Authority not monitoring toxic contaminants on leased school sites? Schools Chanchellor Dennis Walcott is accepting full accountability… but not saying why the city waited 6 months before telling anyone when unsafe levels of carcinogens were found at PS 51 in the Bronx. [NY1]
  • The New York Times is blaming broke and/or stingy state and local governments for transit fare hikes and service lapses in cities across the country. [NYT]
  • But the Times is apparently quite taken with the MTA’s choice of robin’s egg blue for its new T line. [NYT]
  • Maybe transit authorities wouldn’t need so much support from state and local governments if they start acting more like Hong Kong’s MTR transit system, which actually makes money. [Infrastructurist]
  • And what’s going on with all the protests against San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system? [Public Authorities Blog]
  • Let’s talk about the ESDC for a minute. The authority’s new chair, Julie Schimer, really likes Governor Cuomo’s new regional councils. [Syracuse Post Standard]
  • An ESDC subsidiary in Buffalo has finished restoring a historic lighthouse. [WKBW News]
  • And another subsidiary in Harlem unveiled two new murals in Hamilton Heights and the Harlem River Park. [HCDC]
  • Finally, one news item about the Environmental Facilities Corporation: it’s nearly $5 million in short-term, no-interest financing to the Village of Brocton to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant and collection system pumping station. The project, which was identified through EFC’s partnership with NYSERDA, will have big efficiency benefits. [Dunkirk Observer]
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