Two of Mayor Bloomberg's crucial voting bases got some transit-related relief this month, just as his controversial campaign for a third term heats up.
The city agreed to change the headache-causing alternate-side parking rules for Riverdale residents, cutting the number of street-sweeping days in half. And Staten Island express-bus riders found out that a possible $2.50 fare hike will be, at most, $1.25, compliments of the mayor.
Both Riverdale and Staten Island heavily favored Bloomberg in his contentious 2005 race against Fernando Ferrer.
"He needs to be sure people aren't angry at city government in this current economic climate with an election upcoming," said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause, New York. "He doesn't want to tick people off."
BREAK FOR MAYOR'S STRONGHOLDS
Too late. I guess he hasn't finished formulating his strategy for Queens yet.