Wednesday’s Headlines: The People Have Spoken Edition
The election dominates the coverage today. Turn to the Times or CNN or even Fox News for the national recaps, but the biggest race for livable streets advocates was in southern Brooklyn’s State Senate 22, where Andrew Gounardes apparently beat street safety pariah Republican Marty Golden (who did not concede as many paper ballots remain to be counted).
Friend of Streetsblog Emma Whitford suggested on Twitter that we should to gloat about seeing the defeat of a recidivist speeder who blocked speed cameras and once ran over a woman who later died, but it’s not in our nature (or our non-profit status) to do anything but cover the issues (especially when there are so many absentee ballots to count).
But that doesn’t mean other people weren’t gloating:
A word of caution to anyone walking on Brooklyn sidewalks tonight: @SenMartyGolden is probably driving right now and he's prone to be an even bigger danger behind the wheel than usual
— Chris Polansky (@CKPolansky) November 7, 2018
— Bryan Yang (@bryanyang) November 7, 2018
#tbt to last December at the Brooklyn CB 7 meeting when @bdhowald told me he suspected Marty Golden had just tried to run him over. We checked his photos against the internet & a star was born https://t.co/orkbEHjPs5
— David 'Amazon Cuomo' Meyer (@dahvnyc) November 7, 2018
anyway the biggest L of the evening goes to Marty Golden who brushed off the demographics of bay ridge for years. “Arabs don’t vote” yeah yeah how’s this loss taste?
— uh huh honey? (@hendandhoney) November 7, 2018
It shouldn’t be lost that both dan Donovan and Marty golden are bad bad men who don’t deserve to represent people in government
— Pete Nagy (@petenychange) November 7, 2018
Marty Golden, scumbag NY pol and patron to the organizer of the @metgopclub Proud Boys event, has been (electorally) kicked to the curb.
— not ch1c (@cthon1c) November 7, 2018
If Marty Golden loses that would be dope
— Sam Malone For The Painfully Alone (@K_Liakos) November 7, 2018
FYI Marty Golden, the guy who said "Arabs and Palestinians don't vote," just got his ass voted out by Arabs and Palestinians and Yemenis.
— Asad (@DandiaAsad) November 7, 2018
- Here are other results in key local races from our friends at WNYC:
In other news:
- Dorothy Bruns, the impaired driver who killed two kids on Ninth Street in Park Slope earlier this year, has killed herself. (NY Post)
- Long Island City residents told amNY they were nervous about Amazon opening a huge second headquarters there. But Streetsblog found cause for optimism. The Times also weighed in.
- Trump seems to be stalling an extension of light rail in Bergen County. (northjersey.com)
- This Brooklyn Eagle story points out that Dyker Heights car owners really hate it when others take “their” parking – but fails to point out the main culprit: The United States Postal Service doesn’t pay parking tickets…so it doesn’t care! (Brooklyn Eagle)
- Meanwhile, in D.C., transportation officials have had enough of FedEx, UPS, USPS and other companies in bike lanes — though, come on, is a polite letter the way to go? (Curbed)
- Voting was a real problem for many, thanks to machines that went haywire because of the rain. (NY Times) Our editor posted a video of his experience in Park Slope:
— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) November 6, 2018
Meanwhile, still drunk from last night’s election, Streetsblog’s David Meyer and Gersh Kuntzman will be at the Transportation Alternatives Vision Zero Cities Conference all day today and tomorrow. That doesn’t mean we won’t be posting some pretty big news today, but it does mean that we may not do it as quickly as usual.