David Mack Board Games Edition – Streetsblog New York City

Our publisher’s crusade to rename “criminal mischief” following the arrest of a lawyer who tried to United Nations-defacing a con artist’s duct-taped license plate produces new stories every day.

Case in point: A friend who works in Lower Manhattan saw this new Lexus illegally parked right in an MTA police space in front of the MTA headquarters across from Bowling Green early yesterday. We ran around and got our own pictures, only to be told by sources that the new $43,615 car belonged to none other than law and order advocate David Mack, who represents Nassau County on the MTA board!

Why was Mack so blatantly illegally parked? Well, spite could be one reason. Mack has previously tangled with MTA CEO and Chairman Janno Lieber over the fact that he can’t have an MTA Police sign of his own, confronting the MTA boss over the summer with an outburst that a witness described as “unhinged”.

Mack, a real estate developer with no real law enforcement experience outside of using political connections to gain permission to dress as a state trooper, responded to the initial denial of his banner request by recommending that respect for law and order supersede prices. of congestion.

Now the tantrum has gone further, with Mack claiming a parking space that he clearly feels owed. Not that he needs it, since as an MTA Board member he gets a free ride on the LIRR. Mack has also previously been accused of using his influence in a Florida nursing home system to help his wealthy friends cut the vaccine line, and he seems used to doing what he wants. But he, he of all people, must remember: the herb of crime bears bitter fruit. (Today we may be following why the temporary license plate on Mack’s new car says he lives in New Jersey, but that’s a scandal for another day.)

Photo: Dave Colon
Photo: Dave Colon

Gothamist: With the Return of a Clayton Guse Author! — also covered the uproar.

And speaking of our editor’s madness “criminal pranks” videos have inspired the sincerest form of flattery, sadly:

In other news:

  • In unrelated crashes in Queens, a motorcyclist killed a pedestrian (NYDN) and an SUV driver killed a pedestrian (NYDN). In that second accident, the Post had a photo of the SUV showing its license plate, but the Registration Tabloid didn’t bother to check the license plate. If only they had checked the record, like we did! — You would have seen this crash was no “accident”: The car has been slapped with 27 speed camera violations and one red light violation since 2018 (11 of them this year alone). It’s mind blowing why the vaunted New York press corps covers every other form of violence in this city as the big deal it is, but completely neglects their basic instinct when it comes to road rage. It doesn’t even make sense because it’s a better history if you report it complete.
  • Armed guards, not police, are helping the MTA reduce beatings without arrest. (New York Post)
  • Upper East Site watched the upcoming changes to the First Avenue bus lane…and liked them!
  • Car butcher shop in the Cross Bronx. (NYDN, New York Post)
  • Our national office pointed this out to us: Vancouver’s transit system has recovered about 80 percent of its ridership over previous times, much better than New York’s. A theory? Maybe transit officials and the mayor of Vancouver didn’t spend a year and a half talking about how unsafe the subway is (Daily Hive). Now, of course, the MTA is eager to report that the subway is safe. (New York Post)
  • Speaking of the subway, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli offered the same grim financial report for the MTA that the MTA itself has offered. (New York Post)
  • Christmas present: Once again, the MTA promised that Grand Central Madison, also known as East Side Access, will open on schedule before the end of the year. (I’m NY)
  • Here’s another Christmas present: The Department of Sanitation continues their message, which now includes a “Rat Busters” t-shirt. (Gothamist)
  • And finally, we ran into some enthusiastic volunteers from Transportation Alternatives on the Brooklyn Bridge in the cold yesterday morning. They were handing out lights, stickers, and (incongruously) socks. One was dressed in a costume of what looked like a squirrel. Turns out he was lazy. The idea? To encourage drivers to slow down (which we didn’t get until we saw the attached sign, which is the inset in the photo below). It is a decent campaign, of course, but it only reached cyclists and pedestrians because the volunteers were not near the roadway of the bridge. Better luck next time.
Slow down (walkers?).  Photo: Gersh Kuntzmann
Slow down (walkers?). Photo: Gersh Kuntzmann

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