As Expected, 2nd Avenue Subway Will Not Open On Time

In a completely expected turn of events, the MTA may not finish the first phase of the Second Avenue subway on time after all.

An independent contractor told the MTA on Monday that there’s a “moderate risk” that the December 2016 deadline won’t be met, the Daily News reports. In an effort to meet the deadline, a crew will work on a new schedule with clearer milestones that will help them reach goals and overcome setbacks like installing communications and power equipment, building entrances on 72nd Street, and directing power to the 86th Street station.

A delayed deadline might mean more concerns about the agency’s ability to see through the four-phase project. “We have to deliver Phase 1 by December 31,” MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast said. What about the second phase? Forget about it.
· Second Ave. Subway at risk of missing December 2016 opening deadline [NYDN]

So who is Running for President of France in 2017?

No, not JFK of course. Only put him in picture because he is my ideal of a great President. And he DID have a French wife.

In upper right corner we have François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande. born 12 August 1954) is a French politician who has been the President of France since 2012. Hollande was previously the First Secretary of the French Socialist Party from 1997 to 2008, the Mayor of Tulle from 2001 to 2008 and the President of the Corrèze General Council from 2008 to 2012. He also served in the National Assembly twice as the Member for Corrèze‘s 1st Constituency from 1988 to 1993 and again from 1997 to 2012. Did a good job after the recent Paris “massacre” but best known for unbelievable unemployment levels.

At the bottom left we have Nicolas Sarkozy  born Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa; in 1955)He is a French politician who served as the President of France and Co-Prince of Andorra from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012.

During his term, he faced the late-2000s financial crisis (followed by the recession and the debt crisis caused by it) and the Arab Spring (especially in Tunisia, Libya, and Syria). He married Italian-French singer-songwriter Carla Bruni on 2 February 2008 at the Élysée Palace in Paris.

In the 2012 election, the Socialist François Hollande defeated Sarkozy by a margin of 3.2 percentage points, or 1,139,983 votes.[3] After leaving the Presidential office, Sarkozy vowed to retire from public life. However, in September 2014, he announced his return to politics, and the UMP party (since renamed to The Republicans) has subsequently reelected him as its leader. On 2 July 2014, Sarkozy was charged with corruption by French prosecutors.

Not very popular, he is sometimes called Le Nain (the dwarf).

Now in the bottom right we have a newcomer to the presidential race (by virtue of winning the recent “regional” election in the southeast of the country.  Christian Estrosi (born 1955) is a French sportsman and politician. He is a former professional motorcyclist and Minister. He currently serves as the Mayor of Nice, and as a member of the National Assembly of France

He was a well-known motorcyclist and competed in many Grand Prix. His best result was a fourth-place finish in the 1978 500cc French motorcycling Grand Prix. He received the Youth and Sports gold medal.

He was a member of the municipal council of Nice from 1983 to 1990, when he resigned. He was re-elected in 2008, when he was also elected Mayor of Nice.

He has served as President of the Urban community of Nice Côte d’Azur since 2008 and Chairman of Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur since 2012. He served as regional councillor of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur from 1992 to 2002, and as its Vice President from 1992 to 1998.[1] He served as Vice-president of the General Council of Alpes-Maritimes from 2001 to 2003, and as its President from 2003 to 2008.[1]

He served as a member of the National Assembly of France for the 5th constituency of the Alpes-Maritimes from 1988 to 1993, then from 1997 to 2005, from 2008 to 2009, and has served in this capacity since 2010. In addition, he has held several ministerial positions in the French government in Paris. He was appointed in 2005 as Deputy Minister of Land Management .He was then appointed in 2007 as the Deputy Minister of the Overseas French territories (DOM-TOM). From 2009 to 2010, he served as Deputy Minister in charge of Industry. He is the recipient of an Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Haifa in Israel.