June 8, 2017 / Media / Brooklyn news / Podcast / The Local

Friday on Brooklyn Paper Radio: Powerful councilman breaks his silence on CitiBike!

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How rude – and how effective!

Brooklyn Paper Radio co-host Gersh Kuntzman bullied City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez into appearing on this week’s show by attacking the Upper Manhattan Democrat for failing to publicly discuss his back-room negotiations over the long-awaited expansion of CitiBike.

On Thursday, Kuntzman, who is also a Daily News columnist, posted a really long barn-burner of a story (and I mean really long!) criticizing the company that runs CitiBike for the stalled expansion. Kuntzman condemned the company, as well as city officials, for not returning his calls to discuss the vital form of mass transit.

Kuntzman also got angry with Rodriguez, who, as chairman of the Transportation Committee, has a lot to say about CitiBike. In his story, Kuntzman said he called Rodriguez “repeatedly,” but never got a call back.

“I’m not sure if he’s dodging or if his office is merely incompetent,” Kuntzman wrote in the Daily News. “In any event, term limits will happily fix that.”


Sure enough, Rodriguez’s aide called Kuntzman on Thursday and offered Rodriguez up for an full interview on Friday on Brooklyn Paper Radio.

“I’m happy to let the Councilman have a full hour to discuss his vision for CitiBike,” Kuntzman said. “That’s why I went after him publicly. It worked. You’re welcome.”

For his part, Radio co-host Vince DiMiceli was just happy to have Kuntzman once again produce the segment without the help of the show’s so-called producer, Johnny or Jimmy or whatever his name is.

“I have a lot of strong opinions about how CitiBike is run, so I’ll be asking the tough questions,” DiMiceli said. “But as far as lining up the talent, booking the guests, and writing these stories, look, I just don’t have the time. And apparently, neither does Jimmy, or Johnny, or whatever his name is.”

It’s will all go down live, tomorrow at 4 pm on Brooklyn Paper Radio.

Brooklyn Paper radio is recorded and podcast live every week — for your convenience — from our studio in America’s Downtown and can be found, as always, right here on, on iTunes, on Mixlr, and of course, on Stitcher.

Updated 5:58 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jon from Park Slope says:
I am listening to your podcast with Ryan from Social Bicycles. He neglected to mention that his e-bike is illegal in New York. I don't believe businesses should push products that are illegal.
June 9, 2017, 4:59 pm
Joe from Greenpoint says:
E-bikes are in fact illegal in New York. But, it is unenforced and most food delivery services use them.
Some can now do up to 40 mph! Pretty cool!
June 9, 2017, 6:57 pm
Joe from Clinton Hill says:
If ebikes require no licensing and no insurance, like with regular cyclists at this time, and the City permits them to use bike lanes rather than obeying laws applying to motorists, it will be a disaster for pedestrians who are already being subjected to the lawless behavior of cyclists. A prime example is Aineel Rolle, a 24 yr old cyclist who crashed into waitress Heidi Karlsen in Greenpoint last month. Neither had insurance, and she's currently drowning in debt and recovering from a fractured skull, collarbone and foot, along with loss of income. The NYPD didn't issue a ticket despite the cyclist's admission that he didn't stop at the traffic signal, and said it only investigates instances where "pedestrians are more seriously injured." Haven't seen any outcry from Transportation Alternatives in this regard. It's only interested in protecting cyclists. See for the details.
June 10, 2017, 9:20 am

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