Second Avenue Sagas has a rundown of some campaigns to stop individual MTA service cuts. Sadly, the only ones who seem to be pointing the blame where it belongs - at the state legislature - are the MTA board and Lee Sander's fifteen-year-old daughter. The "Save the M8" coalition is not targeting Deborah Glick, the "Save Local Bus Service in Gerritsen Beach and Marine Park" petition does not address Alan Meisel, and Councilmember Gentile isn't inviting his constituents to complain to Alec Brook-Krasny.
The only non-MTA-related people who are doing something to target the Legislature are the Empire State Transportation Alliance. They just sent me a wonderful press release about a rally they're holding tomorrow, and I was going to post a link to it on their websites. Sadly, their PR folks at Goodman Media haven't set up a web site, and the first Google result for "Empire State Transportation Alliance" leads to a 404 page at the Regional Plan association. I don't know whether the ESTA didn't pay Goodman Media enough to put up a website or Goodman Media hasn't gotten around to it, but seriously, doesn't anyone have their shit together?
In any case, if you've got time tomorrow and actually want to accomplish something instead of whining to the MTA board who can't do squat to raise more money, I suggest you call one of these people and see if you can get on the bus to Albany tomorrow. Here is the press release.
* *Media Advisory for
EMPIRE STATE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE (ESTA) TO RALLY AT NEW YORK STATE CAPITAL URGING LAWMAKERS TO FULLY FUND MASS TRANSPORTATION
News Conference And Advocacy Day With Legislators In
WHO: Members of the Empire State Transportation Alliance (ESTA) along with a coalition of officials, union leaders and mass transit advocates including:
· Kevin Corbett, vice president, AECOM and co-chair, ESTA
· Gene Russianoff, senior attorney, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign
· Jim Melius, president, New York State Laborers’
· Denise Richardson, managing director, General Contractors Association of New York
WHAT: ESTA will be hosting an Advocacy Day and News Conference urging additional funding for Metropolitan Transportation Authority and specific components of the Ravitch Commission plan
WHEN: Tuesday, January 13 at 11:30 am
WHERE: Legislative Correspondents Association (LCA), Press Room 130, to the right of large staircase in the lower level of the
WHY: The MTA’s proposed cuts threaten to propel the
· Mary Barber, campaign director for Living Cities, Environmental Defense Fund
· Bill Henderson, Executive Director, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA
· Neysa Pranger, public affairs director, Regional Plan Association
· Cate Contino, campaign coordinator, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign
· Jason Chin-Fatt, field organizer, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign
· Peter Goldwasser, general counsel, Transportation Alternatives
· Wiley Norvell, communication director, Transportation Alternatives
· Lindsey Lusher Shute, director, environmental campaigns, Transportation Alternatives
· Felice Farber, external affairs director, General Contractors Association of New York
· Pat McCandless, research associate, Regional Plan Association
· Kate Slevin, executive director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
· Marc Herbst, executive director, Long Island Contractors’ Association
· Salvatore Rinaldi, Jr., Deputy Executive Director of LICA.
CONTACT: John Bianchi, Goodman Media, (212) 576-2700 or (917) 693-4290
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