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MOST SHORTSIGHTED MTA SERVICE CUT
, Brooklyn's Third Avenue bus, did more than just ferry passengers between Bay Ridge and Downtown—it kept the street alive. From, roughly, Prospect Avenue to 64th Street, Robert Moses' elevated Gowanus Expressway turns what was once a vibrant drag into a total drag—speeding cars, XXX video stores and perpetual darkness. Moses tried to kill Third Avenue (and with it, Sunset Park). The bus was the last thing keeping the street from devolving into total decadence, and the MTA might have finished it off.
THE FIVE INCUMBENTS WE'D MOST LIKE TO SEE LOSE IN NOVEMBER
This year, the staunch conservative faces his first challenger since 2002. No better time than the present to see him go!
State Assembly Speaker
Ok, it's kinda obvious, but seriously if Albany is dysfunctional—which, fuck, that word's not even strong enough—maybe the leadership has to go? After 16 years as speaker, and 33 years in office—since the fucking Hugh Carey administration—it's time to go, Shelly.
A Democrat in a conservative district, McMahon votes not much differently than the disgraced Republican he replaced. (He voted against health care reform!) At least with a disgraceful Republican, you know what you're getting.
We've long despised Espada for a host of reasons, among them how he shut down the government last year. Then, in June, he threatened to do it again!! For god's sake, people of the Bronx —pull a different lever.
State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.
Another longtime least-favorite. Remember when the
gay marriage bill failed in December? Longtime rights-denier Diaz
was one of the Dems who voted against it. Who else? Girlfriend-beater Hiram Monserrate—definitely the kind of company you want to keep!