Matthew Schuerman

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Developer Replaces Architect of NJ Nets Arena

Friday, June 05, 2009

After months of speculation, developer Bruce Ratner has replaced Frank Gehry as the architect for the new basketball arena in Brooklyn. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Ratner used Gehry's name liberally while winning government approvals for Atlantic Yards. But in the end the developer couldn't ...


VEEP and NY Business Owners Say Stimulus Money Is Working

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden was in town for a roundtable at Pace University yesterday WNYC's Matthew Schuerman says it was designed to promote the federal stimulus plan and how it's helping New Yorkers.

REPORTER: The event had a real manufactured quality about it, with reporters kept ...


VP Biden Promotes Stimulus at Pace University

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden came to Pace University in Lower Manhattan today to promote the federal stimulus package. He says the package may have had little direct effect on the economy in the first 100 days since the bill's signing, but he says that's about ...


Atlantic Yards, for Better or Worse

Monday, June 01, 2009


Atlantic Yards is looking like a worse and worse deal for the city treasury, according to the Independent Budget Office. Back in 2005, the nonpartisan IBO said the new Nets arena would bring the city $28.5 million more in tax ...

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State Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Atlantic Yards

Saturday, May 30, 2009

State lawmakers have held a hearing on the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, even though the project was approved three years ago. As WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, Friday's gathering was a raucous one.

Sound: Crowd booing...

REPORTER: Construction workers and other supporters of the project packed the ...


Residents Demand Land Use Review of Randall's Island

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A group of residents from East Harlem and the Bronx won a case over playing fields on Randall's Island more than a year ago. But they went back to court yesterday because the city hasn't complied with the judge's order. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains.



MTA Finds Flaws in Subway Platforms

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dozens of running boards along the edges of subway platforms have been falling apart, according to a new independent report, and the MTA failed to keep track of which ones needed to be repaired until recently.

During a year-long investigation, MTA Inspector General Barry Kluger found ...


Civic Groups: No More WTC Subsidy for Silverstein

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg plans to meet with other officials tomorrow to discuss what to do about the latest impasse at Ground Zero. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that seven civic groups have come out against developer Larry Silverstein getting any more subsidies. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.



MTA Grilled by Board Over Agent Layoffs

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

MTA officials got a lot of tough questions from MTA board members today about why they're eliminating 800 station agents. At a board meeting, members said they expected the state bailout approved this month would prevent service cuts. Ed Watt is a non-voting member of ...


MTA Says No Glass Dome for Fulton

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The distinctive glass dome that was to go on top of the new transit hub at Fulton Street is no more. In the latest redesign of the hub, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will make the dome out of metal, with glass at the top, saving ...


Broadway Closure Reroutes Bus Lines

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg will shut off parts of Broadway to traffic starting this Sunday. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that the closures in midtown will have ripple effects on the city's bus system.

REPORTER: The MTA will reroute six bus lines and eliminate entirely the M6, which follows ...


Construction Slows; Demand for Construction Jobs Races Ahead

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Unemployment among construction workers is running close to 20 percent, according to federal figures. But that isn’t stopping New Yorkers from trying to land jobs in the industry. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: In a courtyard in Long Island City, Queens, two dozen workers are learning ...


Comptroller Thompson: No MTA Service Agent Cuts

Monday, May 18, 2009

City comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to reverse its plan to eliminate almost 600 customer service agents in the subway. The MTA abandoned other planned service cuts after the state legislature agreed to a bail-out earlier this month. In ...


Biking Rules, and Has Rules, Too

Friday, May 15, 2009

Today is National Bike to Work Day. A leading advocacy group is doing something that shows just how far bicyclists have come. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: The group Transportation Alternatives is expecting to hand out thousands of copies of a new handbook called "Biking Rules" ...


Group Asks Port Auth to Update Bus Lane for NJ Commuters

Thursday, May 14, 2009

By the year 2017 New Jersey residents are supposed to get a brand new rail tunnel that will double the number of commuter trains coming into Manhattan each morning. But a new report out today sticks up for the humble bus rider. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman ...


Plans to Auction Take-Off Slots Dropped

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Obama administration is abandoning a controversial plan to auction take-off and landing slots at New York's airports. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The slots are normally distributed on a case-by-case basis and then kept indefinitely by the airline. But the Bush administration had proposed auctioning off ...


Paterson Calls for Resignation of Public Intergrity Commission

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Governor Paterson is calling for the resignation of all 13 members of the state's Public Integrity Commission, following a blistering report from the state Inspector General that says the commission's executive director broke state law during the investigation into the Spitzer Administration's Troopergate scandal. The ...


MTA CEO Lee Sander Resigns

Thursday, May 07, 2009

MTA CEO Lee Sander is stepping down from his post, just a day after the state legislature approved a major bailout of the authority. WNYC's Mathew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: It's unclear just how much Sander is being pushed out and how much he's graciously stepping ...


The Tax That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

As mentioned in today's 411, people paid a lot of attention to the ill-fated East River bridge tolls over the course of the MTA bailout debate, but very little to the payroll tax (a.k.a. 'mobility tax').

Music to soothe the nerves of exasperated commuters. Musicians discuss their performances May 5 after auditioning for the Music Under New York arts program which funds NYC subway artists. (Getty)

Music to soothe the nerves of exasperated commuters. Musicians discuss their performances May 5 after auditioning for the Music Under New York arts program which funds NYC subway artists. (Getty)

Maybe that was Richard Ravitch's intention all along: to create a maddening diversion with tolls (which would only have net $600 million a year in their most expensive form) while the payroll tax came in under the radar and did all the work ($1.5 billion and counting). It's a steadily increasing tax that should do wonders to shore up MTA's portfolio. That's because the taxes that currently subsidize fares tend to be transactional and therefore extremely volatile. The MTA's $1.8 billion operating deficit this year wasn't created just because real estate values dropped--because they did, though not very much. But what really plummeted were the number of real estate sales. And the MTA only makes money off of real estate when it is bought, sold or mortgaged. (The city of New York, by contrast, makes money based on property values.)

Just look below at the slow, steady growth in the region's total payroll over the past 20 years, as provided by the state Department of Labor. By comparison, according to the MTA, the Urban Tax (imposed on sales and mortgages of commercial property in the five boroughs), went on a five year slide in 1987, dropping a total of 85 percent before recovering. Last year, the Urban Tax began another decline, which the MTA expects (hopes?) will bottom out next year, down 46 percent from its 2007 peak.



MTA Head Says Agency is Transparent, Accountable

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Lee Sander is defending his agency against the attacks state senators have made against the MTA during the debate over a bailout package. Speaking on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, he said State Senators failed to understand just how ...