Matthew Schuerman

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Lawsuit Filed to Block Randalls Island Project

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another legal effort has been made to stop the construction of sports fields on Randalls Island.

Several public school parents and East Harlem residents filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court. Marina Ortiz, an East Harlem activist, says her neighbors would prefer to keep the area for passive rather than active ...


Congestion Pricing Dies in the Assembly

Monday, April 07, 2008

In a closed-door meeting of his Democratic members, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says a majority would not support congestion pricing, and he would not bring it to the floor for a vote.

WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman tells Amy Eddings about the day’s events, and whether Mayor Michael Bloomberg will keep fighting for ...


Midnight Deadline for Congestion Pricing

Monday, April 07, 2008

Today is the deadline for the state legislature to approve Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan and still qualify for a $350 million federal grant.

Lawmakers were not called up to Albany to discuss the issue over the weekend, meaning that it's unlikely a deal is in the works.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon ...


Nonprofits Feel Congestion Pricing Pinch

Friday, April 04, 2008

Opponents of congestion pricing have rallied around nonprofit organizations with trucks that need to drive into midtown Manhattan on weekdays.

While cars face an $8 a day fee, most trucks would have to pay $21 to enter certain parts of the city.

Karen Pearl, president of God's Love We Deliver, says ...


Diplomats Exempt from Congestion Fee

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tried to hold the line on loopholes in his congestion pricing plan. But, one group of people he's already agreed to exempt from the fee are foreign representatives to the United Nations and their almost 3,000 cars.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The federal government says New York won't ...


Comptroller Offers Congestion Pricing Fixes

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson has offered two solutions to nagging complains about Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal.

In a letter to Gov. David Paterson, Thompson, a mayoral candidate, recommends that all drivers get three free trips a month into Manhattan's central business district to go to doctors appointments and make ...


Congestion Pricing Plan Approved by City Council in Tight Vote

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

In one of its closest votes ever, the City Council voted last night to support a revised version of Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan. That plan aims to cut traffic and pollution by compelling more commuters onto mass transit. The money collected by charging drivers who enter certain parts of ...


City Council Committee Approves Congestion Pricing Proposal

Monday, March 31, 2008

A city council committee has approved the mayor's proposal to charge drivers an 8 dollar fee to enter Manhattan below 60th Street, by a 6 to three vote. It now goes to the full council.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman is joining us live.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn says amendments added to the congestion ...


City Council to Vote on Congestion Pricing Today

Monday, March 31, 2008

The scheduled vote by the city council later this afternoon on congestion pricing suggests that the proposal to charge drivers to enter the busiest parts of Manhattan does have the support of a majority of council members, and even a majority of state lawmakers.

REPORTER: One factor for this turn around ...


Traffic Fee Foes in Queens Take to the Street

Friday, March 28, 2008

"Honk if you are against congestion pricing" — that was the message on signs a few Queens politicians and business leaders held aloft for motorists at the Queensboro Bridge this morning. Organizer and City Councilman Tony Avella says the location was chosen to make a point.

AVELLA: People don't drive as ...


Garden Backs Out of Moynihan Plan

Friday, March 28, 2008

Madison Square Garden announced yesterday that it was giving up on a public-private partnership that was supposed to build a new Penn Station.

Instead, it will move forward with a renovation of its current facility, which was first announced four years ago.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

The Garden had planned to ...


Yard Work

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Matt Schuerman, WNYC economic development reporter, and Greg David, editor of Crain's New York Business, look at the new railyard deal for Manhattan's west side and check in on the development of the Atlantic railyards in Brooklyn.

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MTA Awards Rail Yards Development Rights to Tishman Speyer

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded the development rights of its Hudson Rail yards to Tishman Speyer. Tishman's winning bid brings to an end the tussle over the future of the rail yards, one that began when Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed using some of that land on the Far West ...


7, L Trains City's Cleanest

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Eighty-eight percent the cars on the L line were rated as clean, compared to just 61 percent the last time the survey was taken two years ago.

The 7 train saw even more dramatic improvement - it jumped from the fourth dirtiest line to tie for second cleanest. The two lines ...


MTA Backpedals on New Service

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is going go back on the word given by its chief executive just three weeks ago. Lee Sander told thousands of people during the first ever State of the MTA address that he wanted to go ahead with $30 million worth of extra bus and subway ...


City Council Hears Testimony on Congestion Pricing

Monday, March 24, 2008

City Council Members are hearing testimony for both opponents and supporters of congestion pricing today. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aides again dangled the prospect of losing a $354 million federal grant as an incentive to approve the plan within the next seven days.

Queens Council Member Melinda Katz, who opposed congestion pricing, ...


City Council Discusses Congestion Pricing

Monday, March 24, 2008

It's a do-or-die week for congestion pricing.

The state legislature set next Monday as the deadline for the $8 per car fee to drive into Manhattan. But first, the proposal has to pass through the City Council, which holds a hearing on it today.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is behind the plan - ...


Weakening Economy may Delay Atlantic Yards Project

Friday, March 21, 2008

Ever since it got approved at the end of 2006, Forest City Ratner has said it is sticking to its schedule for completing the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn within 10 years.

Now the developer acknowledges that the shaky economy may delay construction after all. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

Forest City ...


M.T.A. Begs Albany for more Transit Funds

Friday, March 21, 2008

The federal government gave out more than $4.5 billion after September 11 to invest in downtown transportation improvements. Now that these projects are being built, state agencies are finding that the money was not nearly enough to pay for them all. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is begging ...


Changed Deadline for Congestion Pricing

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is still acting as if March 31 is the deadline for a congestion pricing plan to pass in Albany, though a wrinkle in the way the state and federal government set the deadlines may actually give him an extra week.

Yesterday, the mayor's office released a draft ...