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Silver on 9/11 Trial, Congestion Pricing Redux, Charter Cap War of Words

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The Weekly Standard observes: Sheldon Silver seems to be strengthening his opposition to the 9/11 terror trial in Lower Manhattan. 

Attorney General Eric Holder promises downtown will be safe during terror trial.

Michael Daly in the Daily News: "In Sheldon Silver's world, school kids pay full subway fares while motorists pay nothing on bridges."

Earlier this week, Mayor Bloomberg said Albany should reconsider congestion pricing, in light of the MTA's budget woes. Azi Paybarah takes note of Sheldon Silver's response on NY1:

"[T]he mayor has added congestion by narrowing streets, by putting
benches in the middle of the city—and this was the same mayor who
talked about congestion when he was going to build a football stadium
in the middle of the most congested part of the city. They've now put
park benches in the middle of Times Square, reduced Broadway traffic up
and downtown from four lanes down to one or two, and lower Broadway
down to one lane. So, he's created congestion just in these traffic
patterns that have taken place." When the show's moderator said Bloomberg has argued that these changes
"improve traffic flow," Silver responded, "I don't believe so, and I
don't think any New Yorker believes it." When the moderator clarified, and said Bloomberg argued the changes
improved "pedestrian traffic," Silver took his opposition one step
further. "He makes that statement in Copenhagen. Let him stand on 42nd street and tell every car going by."

Most elected officials on the LES join a large group of lawmakers calling for separated bike/bus lanes on the East Side. 

Councilmember Alan Gerson releases a construction safety report

Raising the charter school cap – pro and con.

Reshma Saujani, challenging Rep. Carolyn Maloney in next year's Democratic primary, has hired a campaign manager. 

Maloney announces a $70 million grant for 9/11 first responder health care.

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