Good Morning: EMT’s Help Catch Hit-and-Run Driver, Ticketing in the Bus Lane, Talking Up Kickstarter

We’re waking up to blue skies, but our weather will be changing for the worse in the next several hours. The forecasters say a Nor’easter is heading our way this afternoon.   The rain is supposed to begin around 5pm. Look for a high of 65.

In the news, two observant Fire Department EMT’s help police capture an alleged hit-and-run driver on the Lower East Side. After two incidents in the West Village, cops put out the word they were looking for the driver of a gray jeep. About 90 minutes later,  EMTs Rodolfo Seddio Jr. and Frank Laino responded to a third accident at Essex and Delancey, and spotted the jeep, sitting on the flatbed portion of a tow truck.  The driver was promptly arrested.

The Daily News reports the NYPD has ticketed hundreds of drivers in the last few days for parking or driving in the new bus only lanes along 1st and 2nd Avenues. Meanwhile, 2nd Avenue Sagas analyzes the backlash against the new Select Bus Service on the East Side.  While the mayor is blaming the media, Benjamin Kabak says there’s a larger problem: the MTA has no credibility.

Other headlines: NY1 looks at the battle to save a cluster of 1830’s row houses on East 4th Street. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reiterates his desire to wait until next year to pass legislation capping property tax increases. LES startup Kickstarter gets a little love in the Huffington Post.

Coming up today, elected officials tout a new law making it easier to prosecute careless drivers. The victims of the Grand Street fire return to court, in another attempt to gain access to their apartments. And neighborhood activists come to the defense of an elderly woman in danger of losing her apartment above the Italian American Museum in Little Italy.

Remember to check out our Community Calendar for a complete list of neighborhood happenings.