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August 24, 2011
  • Results from the Straphangers 2011 State of the Subways Report Card: The best line is the J/Z and the worst were the 2 and the C, which tied for last place. Also, while the rate of car breakdowns declined slightly, so did cleanliness and the understandability of subway car announcements. [Straphangers Campaign]
  • Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, the ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Transportation Committee, supports Gov. Cuomo’s appointment of Jim Madison as the next Executive Director of the Thruway Authority. [TU Capitol Confidential]
  • The Public Authorities Control Board approved financing for five Urban Development Corporation projects. [N.Y.S. Div. of Budget]
  • It also approved $175 million in bonds being issued by the State of New York Mortgage Agency. [N.Y.S. Div. of Budget]
  • The NYC School Construction Authority has completed a draft environmental impact statement for a proposed new school on Staten Island and will be accepting public comments until September 2. [NYC SCA]
  • Meanwhile, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. is demanding more information from the SCA and the city’s Department of Education about toxic contamination at PS 51. [Gothamist]
  • “Anyone who has attended a Water Board hearing has their own interpretation of being waterboarded,” says a Randall Manor resident in a letter to the editor. [Staten Island Advance]
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