Sadik-Khan Weighs In

When we asked the transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, whether she wanted to respond to Marty Markowitz's comment that she's a 'zealot,' before our story aired, her spokesman merely reiterated her commitment to safety on Prospect Park West. But today, she tells the Times City Room a little bit more:

"For her part, in an interview on Tuesday, Ms. Sadik-Khan said Mr. Markowitz had reached out to her in the wake of his comments, and that he’d told her it 'was a draw.'"

"'As the transportation commissioner, my job really is about balance, and I’m bringing balance to the streets of New York,” she said. “For 50 years, we’ve really focused on one mode of transportation, and that’s the car, and we’ve built out those streets. Now what we’re doing is re-engineering them to meet the needs of a 21st century city, which is really different from the needs of a city in the 1950s.'"