In the News: More on the State Troopers to Be Based Here

••• “The South Ferry station that was battered and flooded during Superstorm Sandy is days away from its grand reopening, a source familiar with the work told the Daily News. The No. 1 train is slated to roll through the new South Ferry station on Tuesday, though MTA officials have said it could open as late as the end of the month.”

••• The late “Edward Albee is, of course, best known for his plays. But he was also a collector, and visitors to his Tribeca loft were often struck by the museumlike array of tribal sculptures and contemporary paintings. Now his estate is planning to sell his art collection to raise money for his foundation, which maintains a residence for artists in Montauk, N.Y. In late September, Sotheby’s is planning to auction over 100 works from Albee’s collection, which the company expects to sell for more than $9 million.” (Perhaps the Albee estate could allocate some of the proceeds toward diversity training.) —New York Times

••• The Broadsheet takes a long look at how the sausage got made regarding the recent legislation passed by the New York State Senate insisting on at least two Battery Park City residents be on the Battery Park City Authority board. (Of special note: Resident Pamit Surana, a management consultant, “hired, at his own expense, a professional lobbyist.”) “The measure now goes to the desk of Governor Cuomo, who may choose to sign it into law, veto it, or do nothing (which is the functional equivalent of a veto). Under the procedures that regulate how and when a governor may sign or veto a bill from the New York State legislature, Mr. Cuomo may have several months in which to decide the fate of this measure.”

••• Speaking of the governor, the New York Times dug into his “unprecedented campaign to put the stamp of the State Police on New York City, rerouting troopers to city airports and toll plazas from upstate areas that rely on them and bewildering some of the officials charged with carrying out his orders.” (I saw a pair wandering around Brookfield Place the other day; you can recognize them by their hats.) “The high-profile mandates—and the pushback—have thrust a police force of 4,900 into the position of defending a buildup in places already patrolled by nearly half a dozen law enforcement agencies and where crime is at historical lows.” Of local note: You know how part of the New York State Insurance Fund building at 199 Church is being renovated (at a cost of $20 million!) to accommodate “several hundred more troopers”? Superintendent George P. Beach II told the Times that “the state would also lease a parking garage”—in essence, taking away many parking spaces from an area that’s already seen parking shrivel up in recent years.



  1. Can we just become a city-state already?

  2. Maybe the State Fund will do the right thing and take care of its workers. Hahhah.

  3. Maybe they workers will get placards?