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A cadre of Southern Brooklyn politicians are slamming Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s $2.5 billion plan to build a streetcar route along Brooklyn’s hip waterfront neighborhoods, saying the city’s leader needs to stop lavishing money on “pie-in-the-sky” luxuries while commuters in Southern Brooklyn languish.

“We’re not asking for a fancy street car, we’re not asking for pie-in-the-sky ideas and luxury items, we’re asking for service that was taken from the people of Southern Brooklyn, and we’re fighting for that to be restored,” said Councilman Mark Treyger, referring to F train express service cut years ago he’s called on officials to resurrect. “Lets focus on the nuts and bolts of basic governance.”

Councilmen Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay) and Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge), state Sen. Diane Savino (D–Coney Island), and assembly members William Colton (D–Bensonhurst) and Pamela Harris (D–Coney Island) have joined Treyger’s push, and the faction released a joint statement decrying the mayor’s project as a ludicrous misallocation of tax-payer funds the day after Hizzoner announced the plan during his State of the City Speech on Feb. 4.

“When you’re talking about billions of dollars, and then you don’t have the money to make our transit system more handicapped accessible, that’s like a slap in the face for Southern Brooklyn,” said Deutsch.

The mayor plans to pay for the project entirely with city tax revenue. The city and state fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates city subways and buses.

Gentile said the streetcar plan didn’t do far enough.

“It’s a great idea, but it’s too short,” he said. “It should be lengthened to include Bay Ridge to Gravesend, I would even say further out to Sheepshead Bay and Kingsborough. I support this streetcar idea, I think its great.”

—with Dennis Lynch

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 12:21 am, February 8, 2016
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Reasonable discourse

Michael from Bay Ridge says:
I agree 100 percent - why does the R-train never run? Even during rush hour I've waited at 36th or 59th street stations and seen no less than four D trains and four N trains pass before a single R approaches the station.
The platforms are full of riders, growing ever more frustrated by the minute. Many take übers from express stops home because the R is simply so infrequent and unreliable!
This can surely be easily fixed by just running more trains on the line.
Feb. 8, 2016, 5:08 am
Rob from NY says:
These allies of Cuomo's are full of crap.

Don't blame De Blasio for the subway and bus problems. Governor Cuomo controls the MTA, not the Mayor. And Cuomo has been busy making all sorts of promises to motorists outside the City. Like $22Billion, almost 10 times the money for this streetcar project, promised for upstate roads to enable more expensive sprawl.
Feb. 8, 2016, 10 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York says:
That $2.5B shouldn't be invested for improving our own transportation infrastructure, with parity for both mass transit and roads & bridges in NYC. This is better than a streetcar, which is a major boondoggle while benefitting the very few.
Feb. 8, 2016, 10:53 am
this is it! from Brooklyn says:
This is not about Southern Brooklyn and how dare you slight the benefits of the neighborhoods it would serve for your own. So what, if you don't get anything, no one does! Selfish is all Southern Brooklyn is being.

This is the Best Plan Ever! Holistic!

And MUST connect:

- the Majority, not just the RICH MINORITY
- to existing public transportation
- localized freight movement and interconnect to existing freight infrastructure (less trucks & buses the better)
- bike hook-ups/hangers

Something for everyone!!! This IS it!
Feb. 8, 2016, 12:07 pm
Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
How is a streetcar going to be used to move freight?
Feb. 8, 2016, 12:17 pm
Vinnie from Coney Island says:
'Selfish is all Southern Brooklyn is being.'

I'd like to see you come to our neighborhoods and say that to our faces. Fongool!
Feb. 8, 2016, 1:11 pm
schaz from GreenPoint says:
ME first! ME first! ME First!
Just MEeans that nothing gets done!

Use this funding methos ((of incresed property values and taxes) as a prototype, not as a scapegoat!
Feb. 8, 2016, 1:44 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I to agree with the fact that before building any new form of transit that we should start fixing and improving what is already there first.
Feb. 8, 2016, 4:55 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Whadda ya mean. I'm never first.
Feb. 8, 2016, 8:03 pm
fungool a from my hood says:
To Vinskin CI: de only reason your thar is cus your fater left dis place fa dat place tinkin it was betta and now wishis ey didunt cuse dis place is now betta dant dat. So if ya wanta hav good transpatashon yua goona havta com bak.

Just sta wit ya imbreds, eat ya meat balls and shut up a yo facea.
Feb. 8, 2016, 11:21 pm
Penny from Bay Ridge says:
Why not run the tram along the waterfront all the way to the 69th street pier? This would solve both issues.
Feb. 9, 2016, 9:23 am
Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
So, the entire argument for the (f)trolley comes down to eff the Mooks that dont live on the waterfront, with a nice helping of anti-Italian prejudice on top. Really convincing, I tell ya.
Feb. 9, 2016, 2:44 pm

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