Idiot LIRR Vigilante

I would like to take this time & thank my sister for sending me a tip for this blog. She e-mailed me a short time ago from work & shared a link to a story on 1010 Wins about a Long Island Railroad (LIRR) vigilante. She assumed I would want to blog about it & she was 100% on her assumption!

John Clifford is a former NYPD officer turned lawyer who has some serious issues! He is obsessed with tormenting Long Island Railroad riders who he feels make his commute from Long Beach to Penn Station a nightmare. The man dubbed as a “train terrorist” by his friends has admitted to punching a woman in the head, pouring coffee on another woman, interrupting cell phone conversations, yelling, & more… during his commute or while at Penn Station.

Mr. Clifford is already a well known character due to his actions. He has been arrested or issued a summons a total of 8 times by the MTA Police since March 2003.  He feels his actions are justified due to the fact he finds these commuters rude.  However Gerry Bringmann of the Long Island Railroad Commuter’s Council strongly disagrees. He lables Mr. Clifford as a “vigilante whose aggressive actions should not be tolerated.”

So far none of the charges have stuck due to the victims not showing up in court. Hopefully this changes next month as Mr. Clifford has a scheduled court date. This latest court date stems from an incident in March where he smacked a woman & yelled at a man on his train.

What would Mr. Clifford like to see? He would like to see the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) introduce at least one quiet car per train. He would like to have this car introduced so that riders who wish to not hear cell phone conversations or loud talking could ride in peace.

Well you know what Mr. Clifford, fuck you! I apologize for my underage readers but I’m pissed off right now. Who does this guy think he is? When will idiots like this learn that any form of public transportation is not your quiet oasis. Mass transit was not created so people can have a peaceful & quiet journey to their destination. The purpose of mass transit is to take many passengers from Point A to Point B as efficiently as possible.

Unfortunately idiots like Mr. Clifford feel that mass transit was created for them to ride in peace & tranquility. I find it absolutely idiotic that we have people in our society who think this way. While I’m not encouraging people to throw parties inside any form of mass transit, I do feel that noise is just a part of the process which one must accept. If you want peace & tranquility while getting to your destination, drive!

As far as this idiot goes, can someone explain to me why he is not banned from riding the Long Island Railroad (LIRR)? The man is openly admitting that he will continue to partake in these vigilante actions. Why let this situation get more out of control than it already is? It is a shame that the victims did not show up to help get this guy thrown in jail.

I am a man who does not support hitting a woman unless your life is truly in danger. I know for a fact that this man’s life was not in danger at any point when he decided to smack one woman & punch another because they annoyed him. This man is not someone we need in our streets. I seriously think he should be mentally evaluated & thrown into some sort of prison afterwards. I would like to think that supporters of a quiet car do not support this man’s actions! If so, you should be banned as well!

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Comic Relief For Today!

Yesterday’s Daily News provided some MTA comic relief. The relief was so funny, it could last for awhile! The New York Daily News’ transit reporter Pete Donohue wrote about a request/warning the MTA will pass on to straphangers. The request/warning has to deal with the use of cell phones or other electronic devices underground during extreme emergencies.

According to MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin, the MTA does not want straphangers to attempt to contact anyone during an extreme emergency. Their fear is the use of cell phones or other electronic devices could trigger explosive devices. Mr. Soffin explained the MTA’s stance:

“In the immediate aftermath of an incident, our employees need the full attention of our customers to ensure the fastest and safest communication of information and potential evacuation. We also exercise extreme caution in limiting use of any electronic device that could potentially serve as an accidental detonator during such an incident.”

Mr. Soffin also shared a comment about the potential calling of 911 or other emergency services during an extreme emergency. This was his comment in regards to the MTA’s line of thinking:

“These are situations when there is clearly an MTA employee responding and communicating with emergency responders.”

I have to die laughing (no pun intended) at the MTA’s request/warning. Lets just use a little common sense & examine a possible extreme emergency scenario. When such a scenario would take place, the first initial thoughts are how to get out alive, & to contact loved ones as soon as possible. This would all take place while trying to pick up information from employees. Assuming the scenario is of a possible doomsday scenario, do you really think communication between employees & straphangers will be that good to begin with?

Does the MTA really think people are going to just sit or stand around twiddling their thumbs? No, people will attempt to contact loved ones as that action is wired into one from birth. While I can understand the fear to some degree about possible detonation, the predetermined mentality of contact will override the MTA’s request/warning.

I seriously think the MTA should move out of the transportation world & enter into the world of comedy. They have truly missed their calling!

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Congestion Pricing Plan Alternatives

This past Friday, a coalition of business, civic, & labor organizations known as Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free released alternatives to Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan. The goal of the coalition’s plan is to ease traffic in Manhattan’s central business district. Their plan calls for the following:

  1. Increased meter parking (Including introducing metered parking on streets where you can currently park for free)
  2. Expansion of taxi stands
  3. Raising parking ticket fines (Mainly increases to fines that cause congestion such as double parking, blocking intersections, etc…)
  4. Reducing the number of parking permits issued to city employees
  5. Adjusting traffic signals to help traffic flow smoothly
  6. Creating traffic information updates that can be sent to electronic devices

The coalition sent their plan to the same commission in charge of studying Mayor Bloomberg’s plan. The coalition claims their plan would generate more money for mass transit than the mayor’s plan. They claim their plan would cut congestion anywhere between 7 to 11 percent compared to only 6.3% in Mayor Bloomberg’s plan.

Mayor Bloomberg was quick to respond to the coalition’s report. He ridiculed the report on his weekly radio address hours after it was released on Friday. He argues that the coalition’s plan only looks at half the equation while his plan encompasses the entire situation. He also shared the following quote:

“So people that come up with a solution say there’ll be fewer cars coming in _ yeah that’s great, but that’s half the problem. Where’s the money come from for the other side?”

Walter McCaffrey, a spokesman for Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free had this to say:

“Real and better alternatives exist to reduce traffic congestion more effectively and comprehensively without any need to implement a drastic plan which will disrupt the lives of many residents, senior citizens, working people and small businesses in our city.”

Personally I do not support any sort of congestion pricing plan. I have made my feelings known in this entry.

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Estate Of Late “Godfather” Actor Files Lawsuit…..

This past Thursday, John Avots who is the executor of Mr. Bright’s estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit at the Manhattan Supreme Court against Academy Bus LLC. Richard Bright best known for appearing in the 3 “Godfather” movies was killed by an Academy Bus at the intersection of West 86th Street & Columbus Avenue.

According to the court papers filed, Mr. Bright was crossing with the light when the bus failed to signal before making the turn from West 86th Street onto Columbus Avenue. The papers went on to say that Mr. Bright became stuck underneath a rear tire which dragged him for an unspecified distance. We also learn that the subsequent dragging led to the following:

  1. Crushed pelvis
  2. Multiple fractures to both legs
  3. Near amputation of both legs
  4. Fractures to all of his ribs
  5. Punctures to both lungs

The court papers also shared some disturbing quotes about the incident mostly pertaining to the bus driver’s actions including how the driver “despite hearing someone banging on the side of the bus, did not stop after running over Bright,” & Instead, he continued on his route to the Port Authority Bus Terminal where he was subsequently located by police.”

The estate is looking for unspecified “pecuniary damages for the decedent’s conscious pain and suffering and his wrongful death.”

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C Train Service Alert

Updated @ 4:12 p.m.

Bypassed stations are: Liberty Avenue, Van Siclen Avenue and Shepherd Avenue.

As an alternate, customers are advise to take the Euclid Avenue-bound c to the Euclid Avenue Station and take the168th Street-bound c train.

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The MTA has posted a service alert regarding the C train. The service alert states:

Due to signal problems at the Shepherd Avenue Station, Euclid Avenue-bound c trains are running express from the Broadway Junction Station to the Euclid Avenue Station.

Please expect delays in c train service at this time.

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