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A man recklessly driving in Brooklyn with a suspended license and an arrest record has lead to the recent death of a 3-month-old baby and this now has people outraged and questioning why Mayor DeBlasio never implemented a reckless driving law to keep these unlawful drivers off the road.

The man suspected of killing a three-month-old baby in a reckless driving incident in Brooklyn earlier this month had a suspended licensed, 91 speeding tickets, and an arrest on his record for driving without a valid license, according to a report by StreetsBlog. The 28-year-old driver, Tyrik Mott, was also “racing the wrong way down Gates Avenue” when the incident happened, and was arrested for “carjacking and robbery” but not the reckless driving incident, which resulted in the infant’s death and other pedestrians’ injuries. As one expert told StreetsBlog, however, he was able to remain on the streets because “there’s no legal mechanism” to keep drivers like him off the road. Continue reading

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Hurricane Ida’s fatal flooding has urged NYC policymakers to discuss how the government can better assist homeowners with making basement apartments more compliant with housing regulations so tenants are not forced into poor living conditions.

The deadly flooding brought to New York City by the remnants of Hurricane Ida has sparked conversations among policymakers about the tens of thousands of New Yorkers living in dangerous and likely illegal basement apartments. As City and State reported last week, basement apartments are defined as those where at least half the unit is above grade, as opposed to cellars, in which most of the unit is underground. Basement apartments can legally be lived in, while cellars generally cannot. Continue reading

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Experts discuss how they can prepare for any future flooding after at least 22 people were killed in NYC and New Jersey as a direct result of Hurricane Ida’s flooding.

In the wake of the flash flooding that killed at least 22 in New York and New Jersey last week, local news publication City and State spoke with a variety of “climate experts and activists” about what what can be done to prepare New York City for future flooding events and protect New Yorkers from deadly floodwaters. Continue reading

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The NYPD will be increasing their traffic violation enforcement to avoid injuries or fatalities as children start heading back to school in New York City.

The New York Police Department announced it will increase enforcement of traffic violations this week, as at least a million young New Yorkers return to school. The crackdown will primarily target drivers who “fail to yield to pedestrian and cyclists,” according to a report by the New York Daily News. Continue reading

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The aftermath of Hurricane Ida’s flooding has lead New York City authorities to the idea of creating more absorbent streets with green infrastructure in order to help protect New Yorkers against severe flooding.

The deadly flooding brought to New York City by the remnants of Hurricane Ida raised urgent questions about what authorities can do to protect New Yorkers from future floods. A StreetsBlog analysis last week proposed that one solution is to make the city’s streets more absorbent by installing green, permeable infrastructure. Continue reading

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As companies begin introducing automated, driverless vehicles which they believe to be safer, residents worry about their safety on New York City streets and fear that these vehicles will not function properly.

Self-driving car manufacturers strenuously protested New York City’s proposed rules for automated vehicles in a recent city hearing, according to a report by StreetsBlog. The biggest point of contention: a proposed mandate that automated vehicles drive “more safely than a human driver.” According to the report, representatives for the vehicles’ manufacturers said the rule would make New York City inhospitable for them. As one advocate said, “New York City has always been a place of creativity and innovation, but these rules would make New York one of the least hospitable cities in the U.S. for AV development.” Continue reading

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Just last week the DOT announced that bike lanes along Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn will be separated from traffic lanes after a cyclist was killed last year.

The New York City Department of Transportation announced last week that it would implement safety measures along a segment of Brooklyn’s Wythe Avenue where a cyclist was struck and killed last year, and where other pedestrians and cyclists have been injured over the years. The DOT said specifically that it would erect physical barriers separating the bike lane from the traffic lane on Wythe Avenue between Williamsburg St. W. and Penn St. Continue reading

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Hurricane Ida rolled through the tri-state area leading to a large number of deaths and severe flooding, with the majority of deaths being in illegal New York City basement apartments.

When the remnants of Hurricane Ida rolled through New York last week, they took a heavy toll: 46 lives, with six people still missing as of September 3rd. Of those deaths, 25 were in New Jersey, 16 in New York, four occurred in Pennsylvania, and Connecticut saw a single fatality, according to the New York Times. The majority of New York City’s 13 deaths occurred in basement apartments, spurring Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce that in advance of future potential flooding events, city workers “would go door-to-door in neighborhoods with high concentrations of such apartments and evacuate residents.” That announcement, of course, came too late for the victims of last week’s tragic flash floods, many of whom found themselves trapped as the waters rose. Continue reading

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New York City’s Department of Transportation has disappointed many as they slowly develop bike lanes on busy city streets that could ultimately lead to increased safety for cyclists.

A new column in StreetsBlog criticizes the slow, inconsistent pace of bicycle lane development in Manhattan’s east side. As safe streets activist Liam Jeffries writes, New York City’s Department of Transportation has begun turning temporary bike lanes established last year on 61st Street and 62nd Street into permanent fixtures. The temporary lanes were installed as an “emergency measure” after the number of cyclists on the city streets increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. The process of establishing permanent lanes began a few months ago, when the DOT removed temporary lane lines before painting permanent ones. According to Jeffries, reckless driving around the Queensboro Bridge exit on 61st Street and Third Avenue increased at the same time the lane markings were removed, then decreased as the permanent lanes were installed. Continue reading

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New governor, Kathy Hochul, could be just what New York City needs to improve their transportation safety.

What will the ascendance of new New York Governor Kathy Hochul mean for transportation safety in the state? According to a recent report by AMNY, transit safety groups are hopeful the answer will be good news for New Yorkers. Continue reading

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