Matthew Schuerman

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Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

After Layoffs, MTA Overtime Is Up

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The MTA originally wanted to lay off 475 agents because of budget pressures, but settled for 260 after a judge blocked the authority's plan to close some station booths open.

Maurice Jenkins, a vice president with the Transport Workers Union Local 100, says that turned out to be too ...

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City Takes Another Pass at a Living Wage Bill

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

More than 20 City Council members are signing on to a bill that would require workers at any new city-subsidized real estate project to receive a "living wage," $10 an hour plus benefits or $11.50 an hour without benefits.

The bill was introduced Tuesday by Bronx council members Oliver Koppell and ...


NJ Transit Begins Weekday Service Cuts

Monday, May 24, 2010

Some New Jersey Transit trains may be a bit more crowded than usual this morning. The agency's cutting 31 weekday trains, or four percent of the daily load, in order to plug an ongoing budget deficit.

Spokesman Dan Stessel says most riders won't feel the service cuts. That's because the majority ...


Watch Your Step: Low-Floor Buses Causing Injuries

Monday, May 24, 2010

Low-floor buses have fewer steps than regular buses, but passengers are stumbling anyway. The MTA says 75 people got injured on low-floor buses over a 12-month period. Most of those injuries occurred while passengers were getting off. That's apparently because riders have a false sense that the low-floor buses are ...


MTA: Bus Drivers Take Two Months Paid Leave After Being Spit On

Monday, May 24, 2010

MTA officials are pressuring the Transport Workers Union to make sacrifices to help out the authority's budget crisis.

The MTA is increasingly publicizing embarrassing facts about union members' behavior. Last week, it was about those who abused overtime. Monday, it was how 51 bus drivers had taken, on average, 64 days ...


Port Auth. Buys Jersey City Rail Yard

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Port Authority's spending $120 million in federal and local funds to buy and upgrade a rail yard in Jersey City, New Jersey. It could end up serving two potential New York City projects.

Mayor Bloomberg has been trying to put New York City's trash on barges and sail it across ...


Third Deputy Mayor to Step Down

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Bob Lieber is stepping down after two and a half years at City Hall. He's the third deputy mayor to leave since Mayor Michael Bloomberg was elected to a third term last November.

Lieber lived in the shadow of his forceful predecessor, Dan Doctoroff who was ...


Tenants Warned to Stay Off Balconies at 16 NYC Buildings

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Buildings Department is prohibiting residents at 16 buildings across the city from using their balconies, and that number could go up. That's because inspections so far have found the balconies to be unsafe.

Gibran Baydoun moved into a building on East 39th Street in Manhattan just yesterday. He knew about ...


Taking the Sea-Line to the Atlantic

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sea Turtle on the 7
Image courtesy of Robert Martore and Matthew Malina

Over the past nine years, hundreds of New York City's old, graffiti-covered subway cars have made their final trip: from the top of ...


Port Authority Plans to Build Wind Farm

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Port Authority is planning on creating a wind farm on one of its shipping piers in New Jersey. The five windmills would help power the port's cargo operations.

A private company would build and maintain five 288-foot-high wind turbines. They'd be located on the New Jersey side of Upper New ...


Walder: Let's Close Down Lines for Subway Repair. Oops -- Never Mind

Thursday, May 13, 2010

MTA Chairman Jay Walder gave transit reporters a good story this afternoon. Then, within hours, his press office had taken it away.

At the end of an informal briefing about budget cuts, a reporter asked Walder about the city and state comptrollers deciding to audit the way the MTA disrupts ...

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Judge in Station Agents Case Questions MTA Stance

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The state judge hearing a case affecting hundreds of subway station agents reacted skeptically to the MTA's arguments in a court appearance today. Judge Salliann Scarpullo repeatedly asked the authority's lawyers why they didn't hold additional public hearings this year on their plans to close dozens more subway station booths.

While ...


MTA Starts Laying Off Subway Agents

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority laid off 260 subway station agents today as part of efforts to address a nearly $800 million deficit. Because of seniority rules, most of those who received pink slips had worked for four years or less.

Sadeque Ahmed, a Bangladeshi immigrant with two children -- one just ...


Investigation Into Ferry Crash Continues

Monday, May 10, 2010

Federal investigators have finished their third day investigating Saturday's Staten Island Ferry crash -- but have yet to draw any conclusions about what caused it.

A member of the National Transportation Safety Board, Robert Sumwalt, told reporters that the the ferry's crew appeared to be trying to control the ferry in ...


Judge Blocks MTA Layoffs

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Today was supposed to be the day that laid-off MTA station agents turn in their uniforms, but WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman has confirmed that a judge issued an injunction last night blocking the move. He joins us live from the courthouse where a hearing is set to take place.

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Injunction Suspends MTA Layoffs

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Hundreds of laid-off MTA station agents who were expecting to turn in their uniforms are reporting to work instead. Late last night, a state supreme court judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing the closure of station booths. This morning, another judge continued the order until Monday so that both ...


More Layoffs at the MTA

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The MTA is announcing even more cuts. Another 1,000 positions will be eliminated. Spokesman Aaron Donovan said layoffs are likely, though the exact number isn't known. New York City Transit is cutting 116 cleaning jobs -- meaning that subway cars that once were cleaned at each end of their run ...


Atlantic Yards Project Hit With Another Legal Challenge

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

A former Prospect Heights property owner says he still owns air rights over a small parcel where the Atlantic Yards arena is being built.

Peter Williams filed a lawsuit Tuesday. He says the state took his property by eminent domain but forgot about air rights he acquired above an adjacent building ...


As a Hospital Falls, a Fabled Building Is Saved

Monday, May 03, 2010

The demise of Saint Vincent's hospital means that at least one part of its real estate portfolio will be saved: the fabled O'Toole building -- a white scalloped 1960s-era low-rise on Seventh Avenue.

The hospital won special dispensation last year to demolish O'Toole, even though it's in a landmarked district. ...


Xerox at Center of E-Z Pass Labor Dispute

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The MTA, Port Authority, and other government agencies are getting involved in a labor dispute at a private company, Xerox, that runs an E-Z Pass call center.

Xerox has been resisting efforts by 300 workers in Staten Island to form a union, but the agencies have been reluctant to take sides ...