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New York - Former Top Cop: NYC Gridlock Deliberately Engineered By City Hall

Published on: December 3, 2016 08:44 PM
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FILE - A police officer directs traffic during rush hour in downtown New York March 20, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan MartinezFILE - A police officer directs traffic during rush hour in downtown New York March 20, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

New York- Has Bridgegate made its way to Manhattan?

According to reports in The New York Post, a former high ranking official with the NYPD has charged that miserable traffic conditions in New York City are part of a plan crafted by former mayor Michael Bloomberg and continued by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“The city streets are being engineered to create traffic congestion, to slow traffic down to favor bikers and pedestrians,” said the unnamed source.

Conditions have deteriorated since Bloomberg introduced a program in 2003 which prohibited turns from nine cross streets during weekday hours.  Construction of new pedestrian plazas and bicycle lanes have eliminated traffic lanes, while redesigned roadways in key areas have been narrowed, creating congestion that leaves Manhattan motorists travelers averaging an exasperating 8.2 miles per hour.

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The two mayors have shared a common goal, said the source:  getting frustrated drivers to ditch their cars in favor of mass transit and bicycles.

A second source charged that the NYPD has reassigned traffic agents over the years, further exacerbating the problem.

“Almost nobody’s doing traffic direction anymore,” said a former NYPD traffic safety officer who worked as a liaison with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  “Everybody’s focused on enforcement of parking violations.”

While the NYPD refused to comment on the allegations, de Blasio spokesman Austin Finan categorized them as “absurd,” saying that the unprecedented gridlock is due to tremendous growth and record tourism in the Big Apple.



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 Dec 03, 2016 at 08:49 PM less traffic Says:

im tired of politicians pushing their agenda instead of doing what the people want. we want less traffic

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 Dec 03, 2016 at 09:09 PM Liepa Says:

Bloomberg started this trend across NYC !

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 Dec 03, 2016 at 09:11 PM shloime613 Says:

Of course its true....look what's been going on in brooklyn, taking away lanes for bikes, 25 mph, traffic is horrendous. And now these proposed rule changes on ocean parkway, i hate it....

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 Dec 03, 2016 at 09:15 PM Anonymous Says:

What I suspected !!!!

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 Dec 03, 2016 at 09:26 PM Aron1 Says:

Unintended (dire) consequences: Ambulances, police, fire trucks, and other emergency vehicles are also slowed down, with dire consequences.
Maybe they feel that this will result in less drivers to drive polluting vehicles.

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 Dec 03, 2016 at 09:44 PM shloime613 Says:

Just another ploy bybthe left to 'save the environment '.

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 Dec 04, 2016 at 07:26 PM Anonymous Says:

That's what you get from democrats!

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