|June 30, 2009||Watch out for MTA exit door scam||no comments|
|April 30, 2009||5 Schools Now Closed in NYC||no comments|
|April 29, 2009||How worried are you?||no comments|
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|April 29, 2009||Avella Calls for Closure of All Schools in NE Queens||1 comments|
Watch out! Nevermind the new fare hikes. The MTA is out to get us, all of us (or at least everyone who uses the Lorimer Street subway stop).
It has been reported that the MTA is leaving the emergency exit door at that station open on purpose- and then ticketing anyone who walks through without swiping in. The tickets go for $100. Apparently the MTA has used this sting operation in the past.
And apparently, also, the MTA is desperate for cash if the authority is resorting to fleecing its own customers for a quick Benjamin.
Though this Queens Ledger reporter doesn't live in Williamsburg, I recently used the Lorimer Street stop and witnessed this scam first-hand. Descending the steps at the Lorimer and Union Street entrance, I saw a cop ticketing someone, and an open emergency door.
Not putting two-and-two together- it was midnight, I was on my way home from beating a deadline at the office- I was about to walk through the door out of sheer laziness (I have a monthly unlimited card) when my better judgement kicked in.
I stopped and asked an MTA worked on the other side of the grill what the deal was- did I still have to swipe through, or could I go through the open gate?
She smiled, as if to say damn- we almost had you. "You gotta swipe through," she said. I did, narrowley avoiding a $100 dollar ticket. Moral of the story: don't fall for this dirty trick. We pay the MTA more than enough as it is.
A total of five schools in New York City are now closed due to swine flu outbreaks. They are:
St. Francis Preparatory School, 61-00 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Fresh Meadows, Queens
P.S. 177, 56-37 188th Street, Flushing, Queens
St. Brigid School, 438 Grove Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Good Shepherd High School, 1943 Brown Street, Marine Park, Brooklyn
Bishop Kearney High School, 2202 60th Street, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
The case of swine flu at St. Brigid is believed to be linked to a sibling of a St. Francis Prep student, while the case at Bishop Kearney is linked to a student who recently traveled to Mexico.
Queens Councilman Tony Avella sent letters to both the mayor’s office and the Brooklyn Diocese Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio today questioning why all of the schools in Northeast Queens haven’t been closed due to the outbreak of swine flu. In his letter, Avella argues that many of the students at St. Francis, where the outbreak was originally centralized in New York City, live in Northeast Queens and have younger siblings who attend other area schools and could be carrying the virus.