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(NT) By 7 votes, NYC transit workers reject contract :-(

by Evie / January 20, 2006 7:37 AM PST
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by duckman / January 20, 2006 9:50 AM PST

Jimmy Carter / UN certify the results yet?

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That bothered me.
by Angeline Booher / January 21, 2006 1:50 AM PST

I'm just rambling here, but that vote bothered me. For one reason, there is no CEO being paid millions in their transportation system, which I understand is public, with a few private ones thrown in, so they can't claim that.

But transportation is one of the critical backbones for there and many other places. Though they are not hauling foodstuffs and supplies like trucks and freight railroad cars, they are hauling the people who run those and the city as a whole.

I remember when Truman threatened to nationalize the railroads due to a strike. Reagan fired the Air Traffic Controllers. Though these were strikes that impacted the nation, NY is a hub for commerce, finance, etc.

Somehow it just doesn't seem right while a war is happening. And with possible terrorist threats, "being vigilant" is compromised, IMO.

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Also ...
by Evie / January 21, 2006 4:11 AM PST
In reply to: That bothered me.

... interestingly the turnout for such a critical vote was pretty poor. It was almost 1/3 for, 1/3 against, 1/3 not voting.

I wish Bloomberg had a backbone.

Evie Happy

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(NT) (NT) Pataki. The MTA is a state agency.
by Dan McC / January 21, 2006 4:55 AM PST
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Bloomberg is the Mayor.
by Evie / January 21, 2006 6:40 AM PST

But if you want to call Pataki gutless too I have no argument.

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(NT) (NT) What - both good Republicans?
by Diana Forum moderator / January 21, 2006 8:18 AM PST
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Republicans are not above criticism
by Evie / January 21, 2006 8:57 AM PST

You can only hope that Pataki is successful in getting taxes lowered in your state. It ought to help the jobs market considerably.

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Pataki is one of the biggest spenders
by Diana Forum moderator / January 21, 2006 9:15 AM PST

He was going to open up the budget process and stop it from taking place behind close doors with Bruno and Silver - never happened. The three of them still create the budget, hand out lulus, reward the faithful, and let the rest of the legislator in on it late at night and almost always late.


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I won't defend Pataki
by Evie / January 21, 2006 10:20 PM PST

But if you really think the Dem legislature in NY doesn't hold the final cards you're kidding yourself.

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ARE YOU KIDDING?????????????
by duckman / January 21, 2006 9:22 AM PST

Bloomberg is a RINO.

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He is the POSTER RINO at that!
by Evie / January 21, 2006 10:22 PM PST

Switched to the Republican party so he could win the Mayorship! He's doing, mostly, a pretty good job. Certainly better than any on the Democrat side of the aisle could offer up. It is interesting, however, that post 9/11 he had to switch parties for NY'ers to find him palatable.

Evie Happy

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True, but he has no part in
by Dan McC / January 21, 2006 9:27 PM PST

the negotiations. The MTA is a state agency, not a city agency, Evie. Pataki runs it, not Bloomberg.


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Not officially, but
by Evie / January 21, 2006 10:26 PM PST
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