NEWS: Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese says renters living in neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy deserve equal treatment by state government. That’s why the former city councilman says that if he’s elected this fall, he’d start by offering tenants in shore-side neighborhoods a year’s rent to leave their apartments before the next superstorm strikes.
TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: While thoughts of a daily commute via the R-train may regularly inspire alcohol consumption by those living along the Fourth Avenue Local, news of a year-long closure of the Montague Street tunnel recently spawned an “informational happy hour” sponsored by the Riders Alliance at Greenhouse Cafe [7717 3rd Ave] June 27.
NEWS: Recent Fort Hamilton High School graduate Bassem Elmehdawi was just minding his own business as he rode his bike to a friend’s house on June 24. Little did he know he was minutes away from becoming a hometown hero.
NEWS: The driver of a flatbed truck who allegedly struck and killed a 68-year-old grandfather riding his bicycle near the intersection of 65th Street and Sixth Avenue is in police custody after fleeing the scene of the horrific June 28, crash.
BUSINESS: The American Iron and Steel Institute [AISI] – an association of North American steel producers – is asking the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reconsider their decision to use 15,000 tons of steel plate made in China for an upper deck replacement project on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge planned to begin next year.
TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: In light of the news that MTA officials will close the Montague Street Tunnel for 14 months while workers repair damage left last year by Hurricane Sandy, City Councilman Vincent Gentile is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help in getting commuters across the East River.