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Brooklyn’s elected officials were tripping over each other in the scrum to take credit for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s decision to bring the B64 back to Harway Avenue on Thursday — with one pol hijacking another elected official’s press conference for an extra few ‘atta boys!

Councilman Domenic Recchia (D–Bensonhurst) was the first neighborhood legislator out of the gate on Thursday, putting out a press release claiming that he had helped get the B64 bus line restored. The route used to run from Shore Road in Bay Ridge to Harway and Stillwell avenues in Bensonhurst, but the MTA cut it by 12 blocks in 2010.

“I’m honored that we were able to come together with the MTA to secure funding for the restoration of the B64 bus route and other transportation routes,” Recchia said, even though the MTA is funded by the state legislature, not City Hall.

Councilman Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge) wasn’t far behind, quickly shooting off a statement of his own.

“I was just at a rally two weeks ago fighting with my colleagues for the restoration of the B64 to southern Brooklyn,” the Councilman bragged.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), a member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Capital Review Board, held a press conference at the Ulmer Park Bus Depot on Harway Avenue between Bay 38th Street and 25th Avenue in Bath Beach to announce the victory on Thursday afternoon.

“The petitions, the letters, the rallies, it all worked,” said Golden, who called himself a leading advocate for the B64 — even though those who fought to bring the bus back to Harway Avenue didn’t remember seeing him at any of the three community pow-wows calling for the route’s return.

This flurry of self-imposed pats on the back began to smart when Courier Life columnist Carmine Santa Maria, who had written a Big Screecher column demanding that the route be fully restored, and his boss Assemblyman Bill Colton (D–Bensonhurst) crashed Golden’s press conference. Golden apprehensively let Santa Maria say a few words, but when Colton asked to speak, Golden flatly refused.

“It’s my press conference,” Golden said. “He can hold his own press conference.”

Colton did just that. With a handful of aides standing behind him holding up marked-up manila folders reading “Assemblyman Colton Restores B64 Bus Service to Harway Avenue,” Colton held an impromptu press conference right in the middle of Golden’s event.

“This is a victory for the whole community,” Colton said. “It’s a new beginning.”

But no matter who took the credit, Santa Maria was glad that the B64 will once again be stopping in front of his Harway Avenue home.

“People in my co-op depend on that bus,” the Big Screecher said. “A lot of them are senior citizens and they don’t have any other way of getting around.”

Bringing the B64 back to Harway Avenue is just a small part of the MTA’s $29 million reinvestment to the city’s bus and train system, which will bring back bus stops across the borough and extend the G train to Church Avenue.

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jerry from brighton beach says:
Assemblyman Mr. William Colton & the coalition that he formed , between the TWU, the members of the United Progressive Democratic Club , residents & volunteers of the Community deserve 100 % of the credit for getting the restoration of the B64 bus line.
Mr. Colton & his coalition organized the Rallies, the Petitions, the Mailings. Mr. Colton went to speak on behalf of the public at the MTA hearings. Recchia & Golden were not presentat the hearings. Maybe they sent some of thier flunkies.
Mr. Recchia & Mr. Golden were DO NOTHING Politicians who tried to grab the credit for work others have done & continue to do.
The residents & voters won't forget this
outrageous, dishonorable actions by Recchia & Golden when it comes to voting in November for Golden & any future office Mr. Recchia may running for.
July 20, 2012, 10:21 am
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
take easy credits, avoid difficult complaints
July 20, 2012, 11:04 am
Goldenboy from Bensonhurst says:
Golden, who called himself a leading advocate for the B64 — even though those who fought to bring the bus back to Harway Avenue didn’t remember seeing him at any of the three community pow-wows calling for the route’s return.

Ha, that's funny. Doesn't capital review board he sit on just issue debt??
July 20, 2012, 3:32 pm
Jayjay from Bensonhurst says:
They are both pathetic
July 20, 2012, 3:33 pm
Sal from Bath Beach says:
The truth is that while Colton and others deserve credit for bringing attention to the issue, that's all they accomplished. The MTA is a disturbingly independent agency with very little oversight from the legislature. If they decided to restore the bus line, it was probably part of their plan anyway. The MTA is still billions in the red though, so don't be surprised if today's restoration results in tomorrow's cuts.
July 21, 2012, 8:39 am
Truth from Bensonhurst says:
Colton has been fighting for restoration of the B64 for months now.
The "petitions, letters, and rallies" that Golden is talking about are all Colton's. Golden never created or signed any petitions, never collected any letters of support, and never held any community rallies. Colton did all of that and Golden is only trying to take the credit.

And the evidence is right here:

Article dated in early July:
"Colton submits B64 petition to MTA board"

Article dated late June:
Bensonhurst to MTA: Bring back the B64 to Coney Island

Article dated in mid-June:
Rallying to bring back the B64

Article dated in April:
TWU joins Colton’s fight to bring back the B64

Article dated in February:
Colton to MTA: Bring B64 to Coney Island

Article dated last November:
Bringing the B64 back
July 21, 2012, 1:06 pm
SB from bay ridge says:
Marty Golden is actually on the MTA Capital Review Board which was responsible for cutting the service in the first place. So where was Marty's voice opposing the cut then? The truth is that Marty Golden is only restoring what he foolishly allowed to be taken away from his constituents. Hardly a reason to praise him.
July 22, 2012, 2:17 pm
Judy says:
This is Marty's M.O. -- take credit for stuff he had nothing to do with. Show up for the photo opp when they catch the bad guys and disappear when things get tough. That's why Golden needs to GO!!!!!
July 27, 2012, 10:11 am
Tommy from Bath Beach says:
Assemblyman Colton was out in front on this issue. He was at the Ulmer Park rally and attended the MTA board meeting. He also worked closely with the Transport Workers Union and the residents to put pressure on the MTA. I didn't see Golden at any of these events
July 30, 2012, 1:13 pm

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