Quinn Endorses PlaNYC
June 18th, 2007
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined other New York City officials today in endorsing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC and gave a nod to the sweeping environmental initiative’s most controversial element: congestion pricing.
Saying she supported PlaNYC “in its entirety,” Quinn explained she had held off endorsing the 127-part proposal until her concerns were addressed.
Quinn, flanked by representatives of myriad environmental groups at Hudson River Park, said she was discussing several initiatives with the Bloomberg administration and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to ensure the plan was implemented “as smoothly and fairly as possible.” Among the elements she is highlighting is the creation of a regional transit pass for those connecting between different modes of transportation, such as from the Long Island Rail Road to the subway.
Just as the speaker was handing out her support, accounts emerged that a compromise in Albany over congestion pricing is on the horizon. Some state legislators have been cautious to endorse the plan, stating it would adversely affect residents in the outer boroughs by turning neighborhoods into parking lots and that the city wants too much control over funding.
Now, a Republican-backed bill has been introduced in the Senate that would give the state more oversight on funding and end the congestion program after three years.
Quinn joined many other New York politicians who have endorsed the plan, including Governor Elliot Spitzer, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion and Assemblymember Jose Rivera. But, of course, it is not without its opponents. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, among others, has expressed extreme doubts about the idea.By Courtney Gross on June 18, 2007, 3:31 pm
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