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October 4, 2011

I.M. Pei’s National Airlines Terminal at JFK airport, which the Port Authority will soon demolish.

  • The MTA is starting a huge project to overhaul four East River tunnels, and it’s probably going to wreck havoc with the Monday morning LIRR commute. [NY Post]
  • The morning commute on the L train might see some improvement, however, as the MTA announced that it will be adding one extra train between 9 and 9:30 a.m. [2nd Ave. Sagas]
  • The Port Authority is demolishing I.M. Pei’s iconic National Airlines Terminal at JFK airport, a modernist structure built in 1970. [WNYC]
  • Are LIPA’s board members and employees making too much money? Or are there just too many duplicative and inefficient high-level managerial positions? [Suffolk County LIPA Overight Committee]
  • The New York City Economic Development Corporation is opposing a living wage bill that’s currently supported by 30 of the 51 members of the City Council. [NYT]
  • The Appellate Division, Fourth Department, issued a ruling regarding a PILOT dispute and reaffirmed its earlier conclusion that “that plaintiff[] remained obligated to make contributions to PILOT payments in accordance with the [agreement], even if the amount of such contributions exceeds the amounts previously paid.” [Kaufmann’s Carousel, Inc. v Carousel Ctr. Co. LP, 2011 NY Slip Op. 06739 (4th Dept. Sep. 30, 2011)]

Beyond New York

  • Public authority employees behaving badly: someone caught a New Jersey Transit bus driver texting while driving. [Gothamist]
  • The Seattle Housing Authority settled a class action brought by Section 8 voucher holders alleging that the agency discriminates against residents who are disabled and have children. [Courthouse News Service]
  • Taxpayers United of America is suing the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, claiming that a plan to raise tolls by 35¢ violates taxpayers’ civil rights. [Courthouse News Service]
  • Under a new state law, water authorities and utilities in Georgia have to complete “water audits” to account for lost water. The Macon Water Authority is one of the only water systems that’s done this in the past, but it doesn’t trust the results. Meanwhile, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority is providing assistance to smaller water systems in getting the audits completed. [Macon Telegraph]
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