From the Times Ledger:
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the federal government plans to provide more than $1 billion toward an expansion of ferry service to points including Astoria and Brooklyn Bridge Park and he urged appropriation of more funding for the project.
“The East River Ferry expansion project can become a ‘nerd boat’ linking our rapidly expanding tech hubs like Dumbo and the Brooklyn Navy Yard with the new Cornell-NYC Applied Science campus,” Schumer said. “It will also maximize ferry use throughout the city and better connect these waterfront neighborhoods to public transportation. This would benefit the local economy and that’s why projects like this should be considered for funding.”
A nerd boat? Oh come on, what is this really about?
Schumer said private developers are planning 4,000 units of housing on the waterfront of Hallets Point in Astoria in 2015 and that expanded ferry service would benefit vast numbers of new residents.
Ah, that's more like it. It's all about subsidizing developers.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) praised the proposal. The plan would include a ferry stop in Hallets Point and Vallone called for more ferry stops in Queens.
Now his buddies can build at Halletts Cove! Remember this?
Vallone said his vote for approval of the projects will rely on whether the city is willing to augment public transportation in the area through increased bus service and a ferry stop.
Lincoln Equities, the developer of the Hallets Cove property, was represented by the lobbying firm Constantinople & Vallone, which counts Vallone’s brother Perry and father, Peter Sr., as principal board members. The city lobbying database shows that Constantinople & Vallone had disbursed $215,000 on behalf of Lincoln Equities to city agencies for real estate concerns since 2009.