About 135 riders get hit by subway cars every year. Many of them die, some of them spectacularly, like in December, when Sunando Sen and Ki Suk Han were pushed to to their deaths.
That chairman is vacant because it was held by James Sanders of Queens, who wasrecently elected to the State Senate.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has left for a trip to Israel with ten Council members.
The trip is being paid for the by Jewish Community Relations Council and does not include taxpayer funds, a source told me.(4)
Republican city councilman Peter Koo will switch parties and become a Democrat next week, a person close to the freshman lawmaker confirmed to Capital this afternoon.
Councilman Peter Koo of Queens has met privately with Democratic Party leaders in Queens to consider switching parties. According to a source, the freshman lawmaker has felt "dissatisfied" and "marginalized" by Republican leadership on the state and county level.
Koo's resentment of state and Queens County Republican leadership stems from their meager support of his 2009 campaign, and from the fact the fact that the party has made little effort to reach out to him since then, the source said.