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Toro — bike lane advocate — back as CB1 committee chair!

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Williamsburg and Greenpoint are back on a roll.

The deposed leader of Community Board 1’s transportation committee has been reinstated — just weeks after being ousted for talking to the press without first contacting her CB1 superiors about a factual inaccuracy on the Brooklyn Eagle’s Web site.

In a shocking reversal on Tuesday night, CB1 Chairman Vincent Abate welcomed bike lane supporter Teresa Toro back to her post — a far cry from last month, when he accused the Greenpoint resident of “disparaging … board members” and being “detrimental to the board as a whole” in her discussions with the media.

“I had an amiable chat with Ms. Toro and I asked her if she was still interested in being committee chair,” Abate said at a Feb. 10 meeting at the Swingin’ Sixties Senior Center on Ainslie Street. “We agreed to let bygones be bygones, move forward from here, and look ahead instead of looking back.

“I promised I would not leave a fractured board,” added the longtime chair, who is planning to retire in the coming months.

Abate had asked Toro to step down from the board in December after she attempted to correct an article in the error-prone Eagle that construed a letter from Abate and CB1 District Manager Gerald Esposito as a change in the board’s official stance on the controversial Kent Avenue bike lanes. Toro’s decision to speak with the press before consulting board members sparked a fiery e-mail chain that resulted in her dismissal.

But many board members — and dozens of Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents — defended Toro before her ouster. As a result, CB1 member Esteban Duran hailed Abate’s flip-flop.

“Teresa has been a champion for improving transportation here in North Brooklyn and I’m glad to have her back — I’m glad they patched everything up,” he said.

Toro herself remained relatively mum about her return as transportation committee chair, but she told The Brooklyn Paper that she is eager to get back to work.

“I’m happy to be back in the saddle again — there’s lots to do,” she said.

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jim from Kent Av. says:
As you know Ms. Toro is back she doesn’t have a real job. No kids. She don’t have better what to do she don’t fully understand the real issue
On Kent Av. she doesn’t care if companies are closing down because deliveries. School buses. are getting tickets every day being on the bike lane.
One of the meetings she said “this company will close down anyway’’ did you call this responsible?
She doesn’t know how the neighborhood looks like especially winter time you got to park 3-4 blocks away if you are lucky to find parking and bundle
Up your kids and take them home. Again this call responsible? Now she is worry about ‘’Anti- Idling Enforcement’’ again this person don’t have a real Job..
If you know she is a very selfish person.. She doesn’t care about anybody just me and my self.. Its time to come up with better and smart ideas.
Feb. 11, 2009, 1:03 pm
Chris from Williamsburg says:
Jim, how does her not having a real job makes her unqualified to work for safer streets for our neighbors? If anything, having kids and seeing how vehicles tear down our streets during the day, she's more qualified, not less.
Feb. 11, 2009, 2:02 pm
matt from wburg says:
sorry jim, i'm tried of paying for your parking spots. they're much more useful as a bike lane. if you want a parking spot waiting for you, pay for it.
Feb. 11, 2009, 2:36 pm
Dave from kent Av. says:
Chris. you talk about safer streets let me tell you most of bikers are not following bike rules and regulations like no hamlets’. No Lights. And no stopping for
Red flashing lights of school buses. Etc. if I would be on transportation committee I would enforce the law by handling out summons to each and every biker
And make sure they have plats. And registration for driving in NYC. Let me tell you before the bike lane was implement was more safer than ever cars was
Parked so trucks didn’t have a chance to zoom 65 mph in a 30 mph zone think about it.
Feb. 11, 2009, 2:48 pm
WB from Williamsburg says:
Dave: The transportation committee does not have the power to give out summons, require plates on bikes, or do many of the other things you call for. That said, members of the public are allowed to serve on community board committees - send a letter to the board requesting to be a public member of the transportation.
Feb. 11, 2009, 3:25 pm
Jerry from BKNY says:
Dave from Kent Av. says "most of bikers are not following bike rules and regulations like no hamlets’ ... And make sure they have plats."

You're right - I've never seen a cyclist with a 'hamlet' or a 'plat.'
Feb. 11, 2009, 4 pm
"David" "from Kent Ave" from South Williamsburg says:
ha ha -- you said it, Jerry (Esposito?): stoopid bike lane opponents can't spell. good luck composing your sternly worded (yet wholly ineffectual) protest letters.
Feb. 11, 2009, 5:22 pm
Pantone from Protectorate of the Grand Army (Plaza) says:
There are several orders of magnitude more head injuries in motor vehicles than on bikes -- write your congressperson and demand a helmet law for drivers.

Also several orders of magnitude more laws are broken by drivers of motor vehicles.

P.S. There is no regulation requiring adult cyclists to wear helmets in NYC.
Feb. 12, 2009, 10:19 am
tony from Kent Av. says:
Yes there is a law in NYC section 4-07 cyclists should have helmets wile driving!!!
Feb. 12, 2009, 12:11 pm
Mike from Ft Greene says:
Tony, you're wrong. There is absolutely no such law for adult cyclists who aren't delivery workers. There's also no such law as "section 4-07" without further qualification.
Feb. 12, 2009, 4:30 pm
Bill from Kent Av. says:
Mike, You probably don’t know how to read English first of all you got to get your green card first. YES tear is...
Feb. 12, 2009, 5:09 pm
Mike from Ft Greene says:
Now you're immigrant bashing? Great. How civilized. Not that it matters, I was born in New York City.

And you're wrong. The DMV website says only bicyclists 14 years and younger are required to wear helmets.
Feb. 13, 2009, 12:57 am
marta from williamsburg says:
I'm all happy for bike lane's the only thing I'm not happy is when a byciclist decides to ride in the middle of the street holding up traffic, they don't pay any kind of insurance and if you honk your horn at a byciclist they give you the middle finger or they just open their mouth and say nasty words what in gods name is that, they should stay on a bike lane and if there isn't one will then they shouldn't be on a bike and they should be given a ticket, they cause alot of traffic when they feel like doing what ever they want, I feel they should pay some kind of insurance if they are not responsible, they need to be more respectful to those who spend so much money on car insurance, most of the time is not the car driver's fault when a byciclist has an accident with a car driver, so if we are going to put bike lane's all over williamsburg then I say all byciclist should pay some kind of insurance or get ticket for whenever they cross the line. Just for the record I'm not a driver but I set on the passenger side and see all that is going on in our neighborhood, is good for change but people need to obey the traffic rules!!!
Aug. 6, 2009, 10:07 am
marta from williamsburg says:
why do they need all that space, and they should have rules, why not give them a time to be on the bike lane's, I'll give you an example
let's say trucker's need to unload and load and a cyclist is coming down the street, why they just don't get off the bike and walk with it until they pass these delievery trucker's, and these trucker's also need to obey traffic rules as will for example if you need to unload or load merchindise then try not to block the bus lane that is so not right some of these store owner's have a parking lot get in there and do your business don't block any bus lane's I see that alot on the corner of Division and Wythe Avenue.
Aug. 6, 2009, 10:23 am

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