A native of Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, MD, David Meyer has been a reporter for Streetsblog NYC since Fall 2015. A 2013 graduate of the University of Maryland, he now lives in Brooklyn.
Action Carting, the private trash hauling company whose driver killed cyclist Neftaly Ramirez last month in Greenpoint, holds an additional $51 million in city contracts on top of the $74 million in business previously reported by Streetsblog.
The company has five standing contracts with city agencies -- three with DOT adding up to about $2 million and two with the Department of Environmental Protection worth about $35 million apiece. All but one of those -- an $800,000 contract with DOT -- were signed during the de Blasio administration.
Compared to its international peers, the MTA's capital construction costs are nothing short of outrageous. So with Governor Cuomo asking for more money from New York City to fix the subways, it's understandable that City Council members want to know whether they'll be getting good bang for their buck. But at a hearing earlier today, MTA Managing Director Ronnie Hakim couldn't explain the MTA's cost problem, let alone how to fix it.
On Eighth Avenue between 42nd Street and 43rd Street, DOT repurposed a parking lane so pedestrians and cyclists don't have to fight over scraps of street space.
The next segment of the Queens Boulevard safety overhaul is well underway. For the third summer in a row, DOT crews are laying down green paint for bike lanes on the Queens Boulevard service roads and expanding pedestrian space in the medians.
Earlier this week, new pavement and bike lane markings went down on the path connecting the western Queens waterfront to Queens Plaza. The path is still cluttered with illegally parked cars, but that's about to change, according to DOT.