Democratic Primary Candidates to Talk Transportation Starting This Week


Politicians have a lot more to do with crowded trains, late buses, dangerous intersections, and new bike lanes than many people realize. We wouldn’t be preparing for a $100 (or $130?!) MetroCard if state lawmakers had voted to fund the MTA with measures like congestion pricing or East River bridge tolls — and hadn’t voted to siphon $143 million from the public transit system and use it for other programs last year. And new ways of getting around, like better bus and bike lanes, can be helped or hindered by our elected officials.

To get candidates’ views on these very bread-and-butter issues, Transportation Alternatives has taken the lead on organizing three transportation-related debates ahead of the NYC primaries, starting this week:

On, Wednesday, September 1, learn more about where Pedro Espada challengers Gustavo Rivera and Dan Padernacht stand on the issues — Senator Espada won’t be there (he was the only candidate invited to any of the three debates to turn down the invitation, according to the organizers). The action runs from 7-9 pm at the Fordham Evangelical Lutheran Church on 2430 Walton Ave. in the Bronx.

The next day, September 2, Sen. Shirley Huntley (being pressured by progressives for her vote against marriage equality) and challenger Lynn Nunes will talk it out from 7-9 pm at the Fairfield Pavilion on 133-10 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens.

Finally, next Tuesday, September 7, Manhattanites will have a chance to hear from the challengers for Sen. Eric Schneiderman’s to-be-vacant seat in the 31st District: Mark Levine, Assemblymember Adriano Espaillat, Anna Lewis, and Miosotis Munoz. 7-9 pm at the Armory Foundation, 216 Fort Washington Avenue (between 168th & 169th Streets).

This post was written by Steven, a member of the Transportation Committee.  To join the committee, come to the next meeting on Wed. September 15th 7pm at the Starbucks on 29th St. and Park Ave. or sign up online.