Sunday, December 5, 2010

Committee Hearing Video

NY State Senate Committee Holds Hearing
to Review Second Avenue Subway Project

This past Tuesday, November 30th, the New York State Senate Standing Committee On Corporations, Authorities and Commissions held a public hearing in New York City to review the Second Avenue subway project.

The hearing, which was chaired by Senator Bill Perkins, brought together a full cast of characters in one room - the politicians (Senators Bill Perkins, Liz Krueger, Daniel Squadron, and José Serrano), MTA executive management, and a select list of affected business owners and residents on Second Avenue.

The hearing went largely unnoticed by the media, but to my surprise I found a full video recording of the meeting on the NYSenate Uncut channel on YouTube.

The raw video of the hearing has been embedded in 3 parts below.

I've added a listing of time stamps to allow the viewer to jump to the testimony that interests him or her - since 2 1/2 hours is clearly longer than the attention span of most people.

The video provides a unique perspective on the project as well as the workings of the NY State Senate.

Part 1 (1:38:09)

0:00:00 - 0:11:45
Opening remarks from Senator Bill Perkins

0:11:50 - 0:21:40
Testimony of Jay Walder
Chairman and CEO of the MTA

0:22:00 - 0:38:00
Testimony of Michael Horodniceanu
President of MTA Capital Construction

0:38:00 - 1:00:35
Questions from Senator Perkins

1:00:35 - 1:03:55
Remarks from Senator Serano

1:03:55 - 1:16:00
Questions from Senator Krueger

1:16:20 - 1:27:10
Questions from Senator Squadron

1:27:10 - end
Additional remarks and questions by Senator Perkins

Part 2 (58m)

0:00 - 3:15
Testimony from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
as read by her representative

3:15 - 7:30
Testimony from NY City Council Member Daniel Garodnick
as read by his representative David Kimball-Stanley

7:30 - 11:30

13:50 - 15:15
Testimony of Joe Pecora
owner of Delizia 92 Pizzeria and
President of the Second Avenue Business Assoc. (SABA)

15:25 - 17:45
Testimony of Mallory Spain
Exec. VP of East 86th Street Business Assoc.

17:45 - 24:35
Testimony of Mr. Shin (sp?)
Owner of Eve's Nails at 1776 Second Avenue

24:35 - 33:55
Testimony of Norman Siegel, Esq.

33:55 - end

Part 3 (1hr)

1:55 - 9:35
Testimony of Rita Popper
President of the Knickerbocker Plaza Tenants Assoc.

9:45 - 11:20
Testimony of Elmerad (?)
Store owner on Second Avenue

11:30 - 19:30
Testimony of Marcello Rochini
Owners of Nina's Argentinian Pizzeria

19:30 - 23:45
Testimony from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
as read by his representative of Steven Corson

23:55 - 30:10
Testimony of a small business owner
on Second Avenue

33:10 - 36:15
Testimony of Jill Lovett
Resident on Second Avenue

36:15 - 41:25
Testimony of Gilbert Salvotar
Resident on Second Avenue

41:25 - 45:45
Testimony of Lee Yong Wong
Business owner on Second Avenue

45:45 - 49:00
Testimony of Alisa Coleman
Board President of 245 East 72nd Street

50:40 - 56:20
Testimony of Hunter Armstrong
Executive Director of Civitas


In other news --

Yorkshire Towers LP and the Yorkshire Towers Tenants Association (a.k.a. the owner and tenants association of the residential building at 305-315 East 86th Street) filed a lawsuit against the Federal Transit Administration and the MTA last week.

The plaintiffs in this case, which was filed in U.S. District Court on November 30th, seek the enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the release of specific records and materials related to the mid-block subway entrances that are planned to be located in front of their building.

A full copy of the 16-page lawsuit can be found in Benjamin Kabak's piece, "Residents of 86th St. file suit over SAS entrances," on the blog, 2nd Ave. Sagas.


Last Reported Location of the TBM
btw. 74th and 75th streets
as of Tuesday, November 30th

TBM Run No. 1 (west tunnel)
92nd Street to 65th Street
7,200 linear feet
40 foot starter tunnel
4,626 feet mined w/TBM to date
2,534 feet to run

November TBM Mining Data:
Distance mined: 889 linear feet
TBM mining days: 20
Avg. distance per day: 44.45 feet


Here's a listing of the recent additions
to the right-hand column of The Launch Box

"MTA Vows To Clean Up Act On Second Avenue Subway" (1:53)
Reported by John Mancini
NY1 - 11/30/10

Walder talks 2nd Ave. Subway
By Benjamin Kabak
2nd. Ave. Sagas - 12/1/2010

Residents on 86th St. file suit over SAS entrances
By Benjamin Kabak
2nd. Ave. Sagas - 12/1/2010

"Aid Needed for 2nd Ave. Business, But How?"
By Dan Rivoli
OurTown - 12/1/10

As part of a new section labeled,
"Federal Transit Administration Links":

FTA Technical Memorandum 1
Design Changes: Reduction in length of the crossover cavern south of 70th Street, changes in the construction technique for the curved tunnels south of 66th Street, modifications to the project's phasing for the portion of the main line tunnels south of 68th Street, modifications to the 72nd Street, modifications to 86th Street, and modifications to 96th Street [stations].

FTA Technical Memorandum 2
Design Changes: 96th Street Ancillary facility relocation

FTA Technical Memorandum 3
Changes at Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street Station

FTA Technical Memorandum 4
Alignment Change between 63rd and 96th Streets

FTA Technical Memorandum 5
Changes at Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street Station

FTA Technical Memorandum 6
69th Street Ancillary Facility