Monday, July 24, 2017

The Political Page, T+185 -- July 24, 2017

The headline story over at The New York Daily News: NYC won't fund MTA ("the subway") until it's determined that cash is being used efficiently.

This is fascinating. So far, as blogged yesterday, I've only read a few chapters of Supreme City, a biography of NYC, starting with one of the city's most fascinating mayors: Jimmy Walker, all the way back to the 1920s and the Jazz Age. It is amazing how similar the two stories are: the subway issues of the 1920's and the issues in 2017. Even back in 1926, there was a state vs city fight on such issues. We are seeing it again -- the fight between Albany (governor, state legislature) and the city (mayor, the unions).

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