The Oil Drum: New York City

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

NY Political Round-up

The mayoral forum at NYC last night was focused on Parks and did touch on some issues related to the pedestrians & cyclists vs cars in parks. The attendees were Council Speaker Miller, Fmr. Bronx Borough President Ferrer, Manhattan Borough President Fields and Fmr. Councilman Ognibene, who was the only Republican in the debate. Mayor Bloomberg and Rep. Weiner were the big no-shows. I haven't seen much news coverage yet, even by the NY Times or NY1 so let me give you my perspective.

In general I thought Miller performed the best of the Democrats. He showed far more energy and charisma than the other candidates and I agreed with most of what he said. He also just seemed to have a better grasp of all the issues than the rest of the field. That said, he lacks the gravity of some of the older more experienced candidates. Fields came off as less park and bike friendly than I expected. She was the only candidate in the forum that actually is not for curtailing or suspending car usage of park roads, particularly during rush hour. Ferrer was stale and boring - tending to revert to politico-mumbo jumbo at the start of many of his answers. Ognibene had good moments, but failed to really impress me and convince me he's a real challenger to Bloomberg on the right. I heard very little than distinguished him from the Dems.

Overshadowing this in the news this morning is the announcement that Gov. Pataki will not be seeking a 4th term. This now looks like Spitzer will have an easy time next year. I'm going to start doing some homework on his environmental record and agenda.

In transit news, the 2nd Avenue Subway has been delayed yet again and the Taxi and Limousine Commission has approved the use of several different hybrid models for inclusion in the NYC taxi fleet as a test. The big problem until now seems to have been leg room. Personally I'd pay extra for a hybrid taxi. And I'd be cool if you could spot them from afar - maybe the hybrids could be painted green?

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