Comparison of three MTA style, smiley-face, PSA graphics through time: 2020 asks people to wear masks, 2022 indicates that masks are optional, while 2024 shows someone behind bars for wearing a mask.
Graphic source: @luckytran

While many are still reeling from Governor Hochul’s last minute halt of congestion pricing, she has another bright idea for NYC public transit: A mask ban. Also, let us not forget when she deployed the National Guard to check bags at subway entrances when the real action is on the trains and platforms. Her actions show that she disconnected from the facts on the ground when it comes to transit. She shouldn’t be dictating transit policy for the the city.


Screenshot of a New York Times headline "Hocheul Halts Congestion Pricing in a Stunning 11th-Hour Shift" and photo of Gov. Kathy Hochul in front of an American flag.

Just two weeks ago, the governor told attendees at the Global Economic Summit in Ireland that implementing congestion pricing was critical to “making cities more livable.”

Grace Ashford – NY Times

So, Hochul is actively working to make our city less livable. Really well done, Governor. We were so close too. I fooled myself into thinking this might actually happen. Will we need to wait another 10 or 15 years for leadership that has the political backbone to pass this legislation?

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The big news this week was, of course, the New Jersey earthquake that shook the region. I learned two things:

  1. I didn’t know what to do in the moment. I resorted to looking at my coworker in bewilderment. Now I know to dive under my desk–and be prepared to move with it.
  2. “I survived the insert event here of 20XX” t-shirts can be marketed before the event is over–no matter how short said event may be.

Now for some nostalgia. Remember Coin? No, not Coinbase or Bitcoin, but the all-in-one, electronic credit card. I found mine in a drawer, surprisingly it still turns on. However, all the cards in it are expired. Coin shut down in 2017. It was a cool idea, but not quite as cool or convenient as paying with a phone, which has become commonplace now.