TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT: Enjoy that thru R-train service while you can, because it isn’t going to be there for much longer. On Friday night, shortly before midnight, the MTA will shut down the Montague Tunnel – the portion of the R-line route under the East River – to begin a long-term construction project to repair damage inflicted on equipment from Hurricane Sandy floodwaters.
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: 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.
TRANSIT: since direct Brooklyn-to-Manhattan service was restored on the R-train in December, things just haven’t been quite right. All sorts of delays, signal problems, other bad stuff. The line was restored, yes… but it wasn’t really fixed. Metals and delicate electronics that were subjected to an extended salt-water bath are breaking down at an accelerated pace, and no amount of FASTRACKs will allow the MTA to keep up. So the transit agency will close the Montague Tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 14 months, starting in August.
NEWS: Local elected officials and community leaders gathered on March 8, to once again call for the return of ambulance services to the medical center formerly known as Victory Memorial Hospital [699 92nd Street].
Since 2008, after locals waged a two year fight to prevent the facility from complete closure, the hospital has been limited to an overnight infirmary called SUNY Downstate.
NEWS: At yesterday’s Stated Meeting, Councilman Vincent J. Gentile joined his colleagues led by Council Speaker Christine Quinn to authorize a study into the feasibility of burying overhead power lines underground in order to keep New Yorkers safe during severe weather emergencies.
NEWS: Reaching Out Community Services executive director Thomas Neve joins Gerritsen Beach Cares to speak out for people whose lives have yet to return to normal more than two months since Superstorm Sandy wrought havoc on coastal communities like Gerritsen Beach.
NEWS: In an unusually passionate state of the state address, Governor Cuomo attempted to renew his progressive credentials.