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Monday, April 24, 2006

Funny how times change

Off to jail

The Daily News has two very interesting articles about the Transit Union today. It amused me, because in December, they considered Toussaint little better than Nat Turner was in the South. Today, not so much.

First, the attack on MTA chairman Peter Kalikow

Meanwhile, MTA chief gets $260G Ferrari


Forget about riding the subway — MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow just got a customized, one-of-a-kind Ferrari to add to his collection.

The dark-blue Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, with a 540-horsepower V-12 engine under its custom-made hood, went on display last weekend at a Ferrari festival in Como, Italy, where fans of the high-performance car could see Kalikow's baby in person.

The car is big news among Ferrari fanatics, because it is one of the first that the car company has allowed to be modified by outside designers while still retaining the famed Ferrari name and its prancing-horse logo.

It's a world apart from the crowded subways and buses that New York's transit riders have to take for $2 a ride.

The sneering tone about Kalikow's pimped out Ferrari is just the start in the change of tone.

Next comes the sympathetic profile of TWU leader of Roger Toussaint

Prison doesn't scare me, but how do I tell my young son?

Daily News Exclusive

Transit union boss talks emotionally to The News
on eve of his 10 days in jail


Transit union chief Roger Toussaint says he's not scared of what awaits him when he marches off to jail today — he just worries that his 10 days behind bars will mean 10 days of fear for his family.

"That would be my biggest concern — that my loved ones would worry about me more than they should, more than they need to," Toussaint told the Daily News yesterday.

As president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, Toussaint led the illegal three-day December strike that crippled the city and brought massive financial penalties for the union.

Now he's getting ready to pay a personal price — one that he says will take its greatest toll on his family, especially the youngest of his five children, 10-year-old Tano.

"He asked me whether I'll be okay. I gave him assurances that I'll be fine, that his father will not be at risk. But he is a 10-year-old boy," said Toussaint, 49. "He's very aware of what's going on."

"I understand," the boy told his father last night.

Before leaving for jail, Toussaint said he will talk with all of his children, including a son who is serving in the Navy. He'll say goodbye to his wife, Donna, and spend his final moments with Tano, named for an African river.

Then Toussaint will walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to the lower Manhattan jailhouse known as the Tombs this afternoon, cheered on by what he hopes will be a crowd of thousands of union members.

Which just happened on the news. A several thousand person march, a rally with both the heads of the PBA and UFT pledging allegiance, and Toussaint headed for the Tombs and an all-night vigil planned by Al Sharpton.

Funny how Toussaint comes off as a working class hero while Kalikow comes off as a rich asshole. In the Daily News no less.

posted by Steve @ 6:06:00 PM

6:06:00 PM

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