Gene Russianoff

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    F Line Tops The List of Subway Lines With Preventable Delays

    On the heels of a terrifying derailment that left 19 commuters injured--four of them seriously--on Friday, comes a report confirming, yes, subway service has definitely deteriorated in the last two years. The F line, where Friday's derailment occurred, tops a list of train lines with the most delay- ... More >>

  • News

    December 26, 2012

    The Rat Czar Plots His Ascent

    After less than a year, Joe Lhota bails on the MTA, jumps for the gravy train

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Complaining About Snow Is So Passé

    New Yorkers wade through the 1969 "Lindsay" storm.​It's hard to tell if the New York Times is trying to celebrate or condemn all of this snow bitching. But a story on the paper's website today would like to remind you that whining about blizzards, and especially ragging on city officials abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Westway, the Highway That Tried to Eat New York, Defeated 25 Years Ago This Week

    ​The Saw Mill, the Bronx River, and parts of the FDR were closed due to flooding this morning thanks to the monsoon that kicked in before dawn. But the West Side Highway, a.k.a. the Joe DiMaggio? Traffic is flowing fine there, thanks in large part because we never built Westway, the crazed mul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Transit Bigs, Facing Crisis, Stage Spitting Olympics

    Daily News​The only thing more remarkable than the fact that some bus drivers needed sixty days off to pull themselves together after catching a gob of New York spit from unhinged passengers, is that there are no known recent instances of bus-driver-on-passenger homicides. Any number of killi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    More Bloomberg Wretched Excess

    The final tallies are in on the most-costly-local-election-ever. The new campaign records show that Mike Bloomberg -- the four percent winner -- doled out Christmas Eve bonuses of $400,000 apiece to campaign manager Bradley Tusk, press wrangler Howard Wolfson, and all-around cheer leader Patti Harri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2009

    Train service is going to be really, really bad this weekend, and other bad transit news

    ​The MTA has chosen this weekend to start needed repairs on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, A, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, N, Q, and R lines (a full list of service advisories is here). Some stops will be skipped, and parts of routes replaced with shuttle bus service. Note: there will be handicapped-accessibl ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 29, 2009

    Bloomberg's Term Limits Scheme

    How Mayor Mike gamed the system

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    MTA Hearings, Like Subway, Overcrowded with Long Delays

    Nearly 100 people remained outside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare hike hearing in Manhattan almost an hour after it began on Wednesday evening, their wait caused by stepped-up security measures and what appeared to be the authority's failure to anticipate the crowd. "We've recently ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 29, 2008

    Bloomberg's Term-Limits Coup: Heroes, Villains, and Wimps

    Brutal brawling in the first throwdown of the 2009 elections

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    MTA Bigwig Likes His Perks

    As average New Yorkers face rising food and fuel costs and looming MTA fare hikes, MTA board member David Mack sure seems to be enjoying his free ride. "Why should I ride and inconvenience myself when I can ride in a car?" the wealthy real estate developer was quoted as saying when asked yesterday ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2008

    Congestion Pricing Questions

    Who's skeptical about the mayor's traffic plan? The companies bidding to run it.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Brooklynites Rail Against Proposed MTA Fare Hike

    Brooklynites came out to voice the anger at a proposed fare hike. The MTA will host similar hearings in the other boroughs, Long Island and Westchester. By Julie Bolcer “Fughetaboutit,” at least, for now. That’s what nearly 200 people told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last nig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Congestion Pricing Panel Named

    According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    MTA Gets Set to Raise Fares

    When it comes to subway and bus fare increases, it isn't looking so much as a question of "if" but questions of "how much" and "when." Facing looming budget deficits, MTA executive director Eliot G. Sander said on Wednesday that the agency would seek to increase revenues from trains and buses, comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2006

    Pricing the Pols: How Much for a Beep?

    It's likely that New York City might someday have a mayor who can't afford to turn down the $195,000 annual salary that municipal law awards for the job, which Mayor Bloomberg performs for only a dollar a year. Mayor Mike is clearly under-compensated. The question is: Would his full-salaried success ... More >>

  • News

    December 13, 2005

    The History of Rudy

    Giuliani's files are (mostly) back in public hands. Why did they leave in the first place?

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2005

    Pro-Union Council Gives Labor Their Bill

    With organized labor pushing hard for the legislation, the city council voted today in favor of a bill narrowing restrictions on labor unions' contributions to political candidates. Passage of the bill marks the first time in the 17-year history of the city's Campaign Finance Board that a rule has b ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2005

    Exit Strategy

    When it comes to subways and terrorism, the best defense might be a good escape

  • News

    June 7, 2005

    Stopping a Stadium

    Heroes had different motives, but they shared scorn for the Jets deal

  • News

    April 26, 2005

    The Big Money

    No longer an unknown, the mayor still holds a billion-dollar advantage

  • News

    February 8, 2005

    Stadium Fear Factor

    Many builders dislike the West Side stadium. Only one says so out loud.

  • News

    December 30, 2003

    Getting Better All the Time

    Inside New York's Quiet Success Stories

  • News

    October 28, 2003

    Rush to Judgment

    Why New York's Leading Reformers Oppose Charter Change

  • News

    May 20, 2003

    Transit Hurrah

    The People Who Stood Up to the MTA Bullies

  • News

    January 14, 2003

    Tough Watchdog

    Lefþer the Latest to Feel Campaign Board’s Bite

  • News

    January 22, 2002

    Outer-Borough Battler

    A Labor Leader Challenges His Own

  • News

    January 8, 2002

    Bloomy’s New Crew Sends a Message

    The New Mayor Adds—and Subtracts—at City Hall

  • News

    October 30, 2001

    Terrors of a Subway Rider

    Notes From the Underground

  • News

    August 14, 2001

    The King of Queens

    Will the Peter Principle Snag Peter Vallone?

  • News

    February 20, 2001

    Margarita Says She Knows Best

    A Populist Pol Plays With the People’s Choice

  • News

    December 28, 1999


    What's the Real Agenda Behind the City's Official Millennium Committee?

  • News

    February 9, 1999

    West Village, R.I.P.

    Developers target a legendary neighborhood's last open spaces

  • News

    February 9, 1999

    Soft Money Rudy

    Giuliani busts city and federal campaign limits on his way to possible senate run

  • News

    July 21, 1998

    The Harding Boys

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