by Michael Weiss
The Department of Transportation says it’s moving forward with a $3 million study of Route 9A in Mount Pleasant and Ossining. According to News 12, the study will look at bridges, lane width, drainage and much more. The road which was built in 1932 wasn’t built to handle the 40,000 cars and trucks worth of traffic it receives in a single day. According to Mayor Steven Vescio of Briarcliff Manor, police and fire responded to 120 crashes on a 2 mile stretch of road in 2018 alone and that trucks can only pass route 9A through the Pleasantville Road Bridge while in the express lane. Lawmakers and local figures expect well paying jobs to come from the project that the study will hopefully lead to.
With the New York district lines being deemed unconstitutional after new maps were proposed by the democrats the primaries are being pushed back into august as we speculated would happen last week. This could affect the daily lives of many New Yorkers especially those in upstate New York as COVID cases continue to rise. We spoke with Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnik yesterday and he is extremely worried for current and future voters when it comes to new district maps.
According to the New York Times, Democrats won’t succeed in their current appeal to Federal Judges that would essentially prevent the state court from enforcing its decision to redraw the maps. With the Democrats arguing that it’s too close to the primaries to allow for the implementation of the order from the state court. Republicans stated that they were confident the state ruling would stand uninterrupted.
Iona college business students are getting an opportunity to learn what it takes to own and operate a business through a 5 week project in the city of Mount Vernon. Small businesses according to Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard says small businesses are the backbone of a community as they will usually hire locals. According to News 12, this project is possible through a partnership between Iona college and the city of Mount Vernon. The Mayor further stated that the lessons the students will learn through the partnership is a win-win for everyone.