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Paulin’s bike bill — press release revisited

April
22

After I wrote that last post about Assemblywoman Amy Paulin’s bill proposing a 3-foot buffer around cyclists, I got a response from Paulin press secretary Allison Esposito.

OK. I had had bit of fun with the way the press release for the bike safety bill pitched it as an environmental measure for Earth Day.

Esposito wrote to explain that Paulin had actually gotten the ball rolling Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
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Paulin proposes 3-foot buffer for cyclists

April
22

tjndc5-5cp1evanrcp1033xf9tf_thumbnailI sense a little game of dress-up in the announcement of Assemblywoman Amy Paulin’s bill that would give cyclists a 3-foot buffer on the roads.

The Scarsdale Democrat’s office pitched its proposed 3-foot rule as Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
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Performance Flight trains “angels” for a discount

April
22

Performance Flight, a flight school at the Westchester County Airport, is offering discounts to pilots from Angel Flight NE, which offers free flights to people who need medical care in distant hospitals and medical centers.

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Pilots can receive training and rent aircraft from Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
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Spirit sticking with carry-on fees despite talk with Schumer

April
21

Spirit Airlines chief Ben Baldanza told NBC Today’s Matt Lauer that the airlines is going ahead with its fees for carry-on bags stored in overhead bins.

Baldanza spoke with Lauer as U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer appeared on the show remotely to continue Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
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Train stop from 1888 to host Mamaroneck restaurant

April
20

Many Metro-North Railroad station buildings host coffee shops, and in at least a couple of places — Hartsdale comes to mind — they are as much a place for people to take a break while downtown and kill some time as they are places for commuters to pick up coffee and a scone on the way to work.

In Mamaroneck, brothers John and Chris Verni propose something a bit more Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
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Roadside food: An appreciation. Or a confession.

April
20

I was bad today. Very bad.

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Lately, I’ve been eating fairly healthy stuff. Salads, chick peas, herbal teas. You get the idea. But today, I spent an hour or so at the Red Rooster, a roadside food place on Route 22 in Brewster, while working on an article, and I had to make an exception. I’ll have a cheeseburger, please. No, make it Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
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Live from an overhead bin: Spirit’s hilarious CEO

April
19

That Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza. What a card.

In a message to us all, which you can find here, Baldanza explains why it’s a good idea for his discount airline to charge people for the bags they carry onto planes and store above them. It allows the airline to keep base fares down, helping ease the over-packing of overhead bins, he says.

And he explains it while he himself is stuffed in one of the bins.

Witty, huh?

The airline world is watching to see Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
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New Feiner suggestion for BxM4C: Park-and-ride lots

April
19

Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner, just called me with another suggestion to help save the Manhattan express bus run by Westchester County’s Bee-Line system.

His idea: Park-and-ride lots along Central Avenue to help Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
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Schumer says 5 airlines agree: No carry-on bag fees

April
19

Sen. Charles Schumer said this morning that five airlines have agreed not to charge passengers fees for carry-on bags the way Spirit Air is about to. He also says he’ll meet with the CEO of Spirit tomorrow to try to get that airline to change its mind.

The airlines that Schumer said have assured him they won’t add such a fee are American, Delta, JetBlue, United and US Air.

He said this all while working a crowd Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
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Lane closures planned near PIP’s Exit 13 this week

April
19

POST UPDATED AT 1:15 PM WITH NEW INFORMATION FROM THE DOT

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Intermittent right lane closures are planned on the southbound Palisades Interstate Parkway near Exit 13 (Route 202) from Wednesday through Friday either Thursday or Friday, the state Department of Transportation said.

The stoppages are scheduled to occur between 8 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The traffic stoppages will allow crews to pour a new bridge deck.

Drivers are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or  more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of the driver’s license.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 10:40 am |
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Schumer fights carry-on baggage fees

April
19

OK, we know Sen. Charles Schumer is no stranger to the press. New York’s senior senator has a way of announcing a new idea, and then announcing it again. And again. An idea proposed in Manhattan, for instance, may have more legs if he makes the same announcement the next day in White Plains.

This may have been the case later this morning, when Schumer had arranged to appear at Westchester County Airport to “announce” his proposal to stop airlines from charging fees for carry-on luggage, a new policy at Spirit Air.

Now comes word that he’s made progress Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 9:52 am |
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Repair work to close Garden State Parkway exit ramp

April
16

Overnight repairs at the northbound Garden State Parkway exit ramp to Nanuet will continue for the next few weeks.

The state Thruway Authority had expected to complete the work on April 17.

During the resurfacing and guiderail installation, the exit ramp Pascack Road and Old Nyack Turnpike will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. from Monday to Thursday; Monday, April 26 to Thursday, April 29; and Monday, May 3, to Wednesday, May 5.

Additionally, the contractor will perform roadway repairs and reestablish ditch lines from 11 p.m., Friday, through 5 a.m., Saturday, and from 11 p.m., April 30, through 5 a.m., May 1.

Electronic message signs and the Thruway’s radio station (530AM) will be activated to inform drivers of the closures.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
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Flight problems spreading with volcanic ash

April
16

It’s getting worse in Europe. Thousands of flights have been grounded by volcanic ash that spewed from under an Icelandic glacier this week.

But as the cloud spreads, some areas are opening up Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 10:54 am |
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Bus wars: The Back and forth on BxM4C

April
14

Expect a lot of people to come out to save the Manhattan express bus. The BxM4C line now on the chopping block has many supporters.

The hearing starts just about now, and goes until 9 p.m. tonight with a break from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (It’s at the Westchester County Center on Central Avenue and Tarrytown Road in White Plains, right by the Bronx River Parkway.)

It’s that evening session where we’ll see Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
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MTA finds another $18.5 million in savings.

April
13

Another $18.5 million down, still more than $300 million to go.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken another slice out of its latest deficit, $378 million, by renegotiating contracts with the companies that transport the disabled and sell them rail, bus tires and other goods.

The transit giant’s Chief Operating Officer Charles Monheim announced the savings today in the MTA’s Manhattan headquarters.

That $18.5 million, by the way, is just Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE


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