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Placard Abuse, Construction Dysfunction, and Hit-and-Runs May End Up in the Crosshairs of a Ritchie Torres Investigation

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This session, the City Council is ramping up a new oversight and investigations committee, chaired by Council Member Ritchie Torres of the Bronx. Torres promises to root out inefficiency and “complacency” throughout city bureaucracy, and he got off to a blazing start last week with a high profile hearing on the heating problems plaguing the New York City Housing Authority.

Streetsblog contacted Torres to see which streets and transit issues are on his agenda. Bureaucratic inefficiency, incompetence, and apathy manifest in many forms in the transportation sphere, from NYPD’s poor record on crash investigations to construction waste at the MTA and the Department of Design and Construction.

These problems haven’t escaped Torres’s attention (he said DDC “might as well stand for Dysfunctional Design and Construction’), and in our discussion he indicated that many of them may be targets for his committee.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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