Skelos and son to be
arraigned next week
Prosecutors and defense lawyers for state Sen. Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, have agreed that the two will be arraigned and enter pleas July 30 on a new corruption indictment filed Tuesday.
The new indictment added extortion and bribery charges relating to an alleged shakedown of a malpractice insurer for a no-show job for Adam Skelos in return for his father's help on legislation. The indictment also charges that they conspired to shake down a developer and a technology firm.
Skelos resigned his post as the Republican Senate leader after charges were brought this year, but he still represents Rockville Centre. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood must sign off on the arraignment date. She has not yet set a trial date.
Roads are as bad as you think, study finds
More than half of the roads in the New York City urban area, which includes Newark, are considered to be in poor condition, according to a report by TRIP, a nonprofit that researches and evaluates road conditions nationwide.
The report, to be released Thursday, found that 51 percent of the roads in the area have pavements that "are in substandard condition and provide an unacceptably rough ride to motorists." The New York area ranked seventh in the nation, which averaged 28 percent for urban areas.
Poor roads are those considered to "provide an unacceptable ride and are in need of resurfacing or more significant repairs," the report details.
San Francisco weighed in at the top of the list with 74 percent of its roads deemed to be in poor condition. Los Angeles was a close second with 73 percent.
"With Queens having several transportation gaps and a large import/export industry, businesses here continue to rely heavily on our roads not just to grow but to operate," said Thomas Grech, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, in a statement.
"TRIP's report highlights the need for increased funding to ensure our roads and bridges are capable to continue handling these large amounts of traffic, and I thank them for highlighting those needs in this report," he said.
The data was calculated from the Federal Highway Administration's 2013 annual survey of state transportation officials and based on a uniform pavement rating index.
The DOT assesses 90 percent of the city streets annually, an agency spokeswoman said.
Poor roads amount to more expenses, the report found using the Highway Development and Management Model and AAA's 2014 vehicle operating costs to calculate operating costs. The New York City/Newark area ranked 15th in the average annual cost to drivers on poor roads.
It found that costs New Yorkers an average of $791 in vehicle operating costs per driver. That is 53 percent higher than the national average of $516 in extra vehicle operating costs, according to the report.