From: Mark Mentovai
To: Everyone
Subject: Help me keep those great pictures coming!
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 18:27:24 -0500

Dear Everyone,

As many of you know, one of my favorite hobbies is to take pictures of the more interesting things that I come across from day to day. And as many of you know, I come across a lot of interesting things on the subway.

The MTA wants to take all of that away from me.

Last week, they moved forward with a proposal that would ban all photography on the city's subways and buses. This is being done in the name of security, but the MTA's proposed ban won't do anything to affect terrorist activity. The only thing it will do is disturb the harmless kind of photography of the sort you've come to expect from tourists, artists, and just about everyone else, including yours truly.

Before adopting the ban, the MTA has to entertain public comment. Another thing many of you know is that I can't resist the urge to comment, so I've made mine. You can look at it at . (Let me know what you think.)

I ask any of you who support me to make a comment to the MTA as well. It won't take much of your time. Send a letter to them telling them why you oppose a ban on photography. If you'd like to, you can refer to my comment by saying something like "I agree in full with all of the points raised by Mark Mentovai in his public comment dated December 1, 2004, and oppose the adoption of a ban on photography." Send your comments by by January 8, 2005, to David Goldenberg, New York City Transit Authority, 130 Livingston Street, Room 1207, Brooklyn NY 11201.

If any of you would like to get more involved, let me know. Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested, or anyone who might be able to help.

I apologize for the broadcast e-mail. I've probably been on the Internet longer than any of you, and this is the first time I've done this.

Thanks for your support in helping me continue doing what I love!


Proposed MTA Photography Ban

Mark Mentovai
2004 November 30
2004 November 30