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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 OLoughlin, director of the Campaign for New Yorks 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 on March 21, 2008, 4:18 pm
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4 Responses to “Paterson Backs Congestion Pricing”

  1. Jim T Says:
    March 22nd, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Up to now, I’ve had the utmost respect for the new Gov. He has been a great friend to the union I belong to. If his first two decisions, one being making more cuts and not taxing the rich more, and then creating a new really high tax on workers who drive into Manhattan called congestion pricing, then I hope he doesn’t ride out his current woes and gets forced out even if it means Joe Bruno becoming Gov. At least we’ll know where he stands. Tired of all these Democrats saying one thing and when elected doing the other. Taking my support for granted.

  2. brooklyn and i Says:
    March 23rd, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    CALL THE BABY BY ITS REAL NAME

    TAX TAX TAX

    WIT THE NEW TAX PLAN IT IS A TAX MILLIONS OF DALLARS BUT NOT FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

    1) THE TAX FROM LOCAL RESIDENT FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO PARK IN THE FRONT OF YOUR HOSE

    2) THE TAX FOR ALL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO PAY A PLUS TAX FOR DOING BUSINESS

    3) TICKETING EVERYBODY WHO WILL PARK VS THE LAW( EVERY CAR WHO IS REGISTER IN NYC HAVE PAID A MINIMUM OF 100 DOLLARS IN PARKING TICKETS EVERY YEAR)

    4) THE FEDERAL BIG MONEY FOR THE CITY -“NOT ANY PAY BACK FOR THE LOCAL RESIDENT WHO WILL SUFFER FROM THE PARK AND RIDE AND ALL OUTER NEW REGULATION’S (CALL IT TAX SCAMS)

    5) ALL NEW GARAGE SYSTEMS BUSINESS WHO WILL COME UP IN NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE WIILIAMSBURG TO PROVIDE THE PARK IN RIDE FOR OUTSIDERS AND THAT TAX WILL NOT GO TO THE LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS

    TAX TAX TAX

    MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BUT NOT FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

  3. Kathy Stern Says:
    March 24th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Congestion pricing is an invasion of privacy for everyone, bike riders as well as people with or without a car. It would be great to have less congestion on the streets in Manhattan, however one aspect which I have not seen discussed is the fact that the program will install several thousand TV cameras which are designed as both face recognition cameras as well as license plate recognition capabilities. The result will be that every aspect of every New Yorkers life will be observable and trackable. All elements of privacy will be eliminated. Though the program is supposed to work from 6AM to 6PM, there is little doubt that the location of people and cars will be tracked 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

    Before Congestion Pricing is passed, privacy issues MUST be discussed and strong protections must be put in place. Perhaps a special provision to the law should include a law stating that all files are to be destroyed and the data expunged after a set period of time, such as 24 hours.

    Lets make a better City, but without the total loss of privacy.

  4. sustaiNYC » Blog Archive » Your Daily Congestion Pricing Update Says:
    March 24th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

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