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by Ben Fried
I have to say the TWU has a legitimate beef against the MTA this time – arbitration is supposed to be binding, not appeal if you don’t like it.
New York State’s unemployment rate, after seasonal adjustment, increased from 8.6 percent in July to 9.0 percent in August 2009. In August 2008, the state’s rate was 5.7 percent, says NY State. No wonder New Yorkers are driving less; that’s 374,700 people year-over-year who no longer have a job to drive to. Not much to celebrate IMHO.
The driving and transit numbers are for 2008, during which the economy didn’t tank until the end of the 3rd quarter. Summer 2009 joblessness doesn’t bear on this data and your (Jonathan’s) thesis obviously can’t account for the transit numbers in any case.
Shemp, transit is a lower-cost replacement for driving.
Also I just saw a poll that Bloomberg is up 16 points on Bloomberg. Thompson runs EVEN with Bloomberg among DEMOCRATS and beats him soundly with independents and Repubs.
Sure, but the cause in 08 was gas prices and possibly, congestion, not recession.
Glenn, your post here is badly garbled at best. This is what Quinnipiac reported this morning:
“Mayor Bloomberg leads 75 – 12 percent among Republicans and 61 – 25 percent among independent voters, while Democrats split 46 – 46 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.”
“What about that little "stunt" somebody pulled at Atlantic and Flatbush the other day? You know, the little "stunt" that actually killed someone? Why can't they post up three officers at that location to make sure THAT never happens again?”
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