Sunday, 4/7/02: Bill DeBlasio is a Good City Councilman
I don't know if it's just me or what, but I'm noticing more and more acts of Clinton Street driver mayhem and insanity lately. On Thursday a limo driver in a shiny black Lincoln Continental and two guys in an expensive looking sedan went after each other right in the middle of Pacific and Clinton. It looked like the limo driver didn't move fast enough when the light turned green so the guys behind him blasted their horn. This pissed off limo man. He jammed on the brakes and the fancy sedan men almost hit him from behind. More honking. More start-stopping. The limo driver hopped out of his car. The fancy men got out. They talked trash at each other for about a minute. Finally, realizing they were idiots, they got back in their cars and drove off leaving a mom with a baby stroller, a baby sitter with two young kids and an elderly woman standing on the corner shaking their heads.
I've written a few letters now to my local politicians and officials to see about getting the No Honking $125 Penalty sign on Clinton and Pacific enforced for a period of three or four weeks straight. My feeling is that if we had police or Department of Transportation Officers enforcing the No Honking law in the same place, at the same time for an extended period, it could have a tangible impact on the problem. And could also raise a bit of money for the city. Currently the sign is never enforced.
I've never really
written letters to public officials before and I pretty much assumed that
it was a waste of time. But on Tuesday I went to the 76th precinct community
affairs meeting. And before I could even say anything, Bill
DeBlasio, my city councilman spoke and brought up all of the issues
that I had raised in my letter to him, asking the precinct captain about
greater enforcement. It was really great. I was amazed at how responsive
DeBlasio is to his constituents. This is a good city councilman. Now the
real test will be to see whether the precinct actually does its job and
helps to enforce the law here in the neighborhood. We'll see about that.
This weekend as I walked down Clinton Street to go to the party of a neighbor whom I met and have started to become friends with from all of this honku stuff, I saw one very interesting reaction to a honku that we posted. A honkuist named Renee wrote:
Gazing at windows
we care about kids