Paterson Backs Congestion Pricing
March 21st, 2008
In the first major policy decision of his very young administration, Gov. David Paterson has announced his support for congestion pricing and come up with a bill to move the controversial plan forward. Calling the governor’s decision “tremendously helpful,” Michael O’Loughlin, director of the Campaign for New York’s Future, a coalition backing congestion pricing, said the bill would “give people something to work with” as they seek to win City Council and the State Legislature approval for charging people to drive in parts of Manhattan on weekdays.
In a statement, Paterson said he was taking this action because “congestion pricing addresses two urgent concerns of the residents of New York City and its suburbs: the need to reduce congestion on our streets and roads, and thereby reduce pollution and global warming; and the need to raise significant revenue for mass transit improvements.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg hailed Paterson for having “demonstrated true leadership” by proposing the bill. Bloomberg’s statement also indicated a willingness on his part to work to resolve two nettlesome issues: the fee to be charged drivers from New Jersey and the fee’s effect on low income New Yorkers.
The debate will continue next week with City Council planning a day of hearings Monday on congestion pricing. Also on Monday, Gotham Gazette will provide more detailed coverage of the issues and politics of congestion pricing.By Gail Robinson on March 21, 2008, 4:18 pm
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