Let's end this week -- and begin a long weekend of radio near-silence -- with a story about the thing that makes New York great: cronyism! Eight Manhattan bus lines were slated for service changes
this weekend, due to changes in traffic patterns from the planned Broadway traffic re-route
. One of the lines slated for changes was the M6 bus -- in fact, the M6 was going to be eliminated entirely. But that bus runs through assembly speaker Sheldon Silver's district and serves many voters. Silver sent a letter to MTA chairman H. Dale Hemmerdinger and, the Times
reports. problem solved: the M6 line stays
with modest route changes. Don't try this in Canarsie, folks -- you probably won't get the same treatment.