Car Dealerships + Crony Capitalism = Sorry Tesla



“If you want to buy a Tesla in the Garden State, after April 1 you’ll have to try your luck somewhere else.

New Jersey regulators caved to pressure from car dealers and decided on Tuesday to ban automakers that want to sell directly to customers from doing so in the state. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission rushed through a rule change and voted 6-0 to adopt this new regulation that mandates that all new car dealers get a franchise agreement if they want a state license to sell cars in New Jersey.

Electric automaker Tesla Motors had previously received licenses to operate two stores in the state, and had been selling cars directly to consumers for about a year.”* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Ryan Koronowski / Think Progress:

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Railroad Sights of Long Island: Riverhead and Greenport

Railroad Museum of Long Island in Riverhead:

Although Riverhead can be considered the virtual end of Long Island, it was only the beginning of the originally intended intermodal rail-and-sea link's traverse of the North Fork toward the contemporary cross-sound ferry connection.

Taking its earliest-settlement name of "Head of the River" or "River Head," the extremely designed, single-word "Riverhead," the ninth of Suffolk County's ten towns, was created out of the west end of Southold on March 13 , 1792.

Thus separate and autonomous, it was injected with growth with the arrival of the railroad and the very station, built on July 29, 1844 and serving the South Ferry, Brooklyn, to Greenport line, was constructed on present-day Railroad Avenue. Throughout its course-purpose, it channeled its own disembarking passenger to stage coaches, which bought them to Quogue and other south island destinations.

Eastbound trains served the town on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, while westbound ones, back to Brooklyn, did so on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Mercantile, milling, and manufacturing, its predecessor commercial undertakings, catered to a 1,600-strong population in 1875, the community boasts two grist mills, offices, 20 stores, three hotels, and six churches.

Replacing the original train depot, which was transformed into a home for railroad workers, a wood-framed one, designed by Charles Hallett and featuring scalloped trim and elaborate finials, was built west of Griffing Avenue between 1869 and 1870. This was replaced with a third, this time incorporating brick in its construction, on June 2, 1910.

"In the early 1900s, the east was a place of auspicious potato farms in summer and deep snows in winter," wrote Ron Ziel and George H. Foster in their book, "Steel Rails to the Sunrise: The Long Island Railroad" (Ameron House, 1965, p. 158).

"From the time of its realization that the original reason for its existence had vanished with the building of the New Haven Railroad to Boston (fifty years earlier), the LIRR has played a major role in developing the areas way out east," they continued (p. 158). "… Business and civic organizations all over the island joined with prominent citizens, newspapers, and the railroad to promote travel and settlements on Long Island."

That development, however, was severely rapid and when rails were later replaced by roads, the Long Island Railroad's re-invented, intermodal transport purpose had vanished, leaving the bulk of its passengers to commute to Manhattan during the mass morning exodus.

Indeed, by 1963, main line service east of Riverhead had been reduced to a single daily passenger and thrice-weekly freight run, using the track originally laid for the rail-to-sea link in the mid-19th century.

Today's high-level concrete platform, which does not bear a single shooprint on certain days and in certain seasons, was constructed between 1996 and 1997, but for rails enthusiasts, some of its history has been preserved at the Railroad Museum of Long Island across from it.

"The history of Long Island can be traced in steel rails, which cross its varied landscape-from dark tunnels under New …