SEE IT: NYC Ferry Service Launches New Astoria Route and more

SEE IT: NYC Ferry Service Launches New Astoria Route – Astoria Ferry Launch HALLETS POINT — The first boats on the new Astoria ferry route launched Tuesday morning — the fourth line to open as part of the NYC Ferry system, which has served more than 1.5 million riders since its launch at the start of May, city officials said. The Astoria line shuttles residents from the Hallets Point peninsula to a new landing at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, then to Roosevelt Island, East 34th Street and finally Wall Street — a trip that takes approximately 47 minutes, with boats running every 25 minutes during rush hours. It joins three NYC Ferry routes already in operation: the Rockaway, South Brooklyn and East River lines. Two more routes — connecting riders on the Lower East Side and the Soundview section of The […]

Stewart-Cousins, In Syracuse, With Cuomo Critics – From the Morning Memo: Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is at the state fair in Syracuse today to appear with a host of Democratic allies and critics of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Stewart-Cousins will be attending a morning even with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, where outgoing Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will be honored. At a separate event, Stewart-Cousins, along with DiNapoli and Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco, will honor firefighters. All of the events include personalities who have been public antagonists of the governor in recent weeks. DiNapoli and Cuomo have feuded over oversight issues; DeFrancisco is considering a run for governor next year after sharply criticizing Cuomo; Miner is also mulling a primary bid against Cuomo and […]

De Blasio still thinks he can help Democrats recapture the state Senate – Contrary to the consensus of virtually all political observers, Mayor Bill de Blasio maintained on Monday that his failed effort to assist fellow Democrats in taking control of the state Senate in 2014 was helpful—and said he is willing to do it again next year. By all appearances, de Blasio’s coordination with unions and other special interests to fund upstate Democrats three years ago backfired: Republican candidates, who knew through polling and constituent feedback that the mayor was broadly unpopular beyond his liberal base, plastered his face on their literature and warned rural and suburban voters that the city would dominate state government. In the fall, Democrats lost several key races, returning to power a GOP Senate majority more hostile […]

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