Schumer Won't Weigh in on Brooklyn Bike Lane

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:37 AM EDT
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Schumer Won't Weigh in on Brooklyn Bike Lane

Sen. Charles Schumer refuses to weigh in on the controversial Prospect Park bicycle path.

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Sen. Charles Schumer is refusing to weigh in on the controversial Prospect Park bicycle path.

Not shy about declaring his affection for bicycle-riding around the city, Schumer nevertheless became unusually reluctant to talk Sunday, when the subject of the Brooklyn bike path came up at a news conference, the New York Times said.

Earlier this month, opponents sued to have the bike path removed, saying the city Department of Transportation misled residents about the lane's benefits and worked with groups in favor of it to fight opposition.    

Schumer himself lives on Prospect Park West. And, according to the Times, the groups that have filed the lawsuit have close ties to Iris Weinshall, Schumer's wife and the city's transportation commissioner until 2007.

He continued to dodge reporters' questions on the issue, the Times said, and in a follow-up call after the conference, a spokesman repeated that the senator had no comment. 

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