Congestion Pricing Recap
April 1st, 2008
In a press conference on the council’s preliminary budget response this morning, also the second briefing post-congestion pricing vote, Council Speaker Christine Quinn defended her support of the mayor’s plan to charge drivers $8 to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street and contended council members were not offered ethically questionable quid pro quos for a favorable vote.
The council voted 30 to 20 last night to send the proposal to Albany. For a full breakdown of who voted how, click here.
“Sure there were quid pro quos. The quid pro quo is if we pass congestion pricing, we get $354 million from the federal government,” said Quinn.
Some council members, including mayoral candidate and Councilmember Tony Avella, have said there was significant arm-twisting by the administration, including “bribes,” before the council’s congestion pricing vote. Avella said this morning on Brian Lehrer’s show on WNYC (see audio below) that members were offered certain deals, such as transportation improvements in their district or certain legislation, for yes votes on congestion pricing.
Quinn denied any significant arm-twisting this morning.
Quinn was also asked whether her adamant support of congestion pricing, including her ability to deliver support in the council chambers, could affect her potential mayoral campaign in 2009.
She responded: “Whatever point I stand for them to judge me, they will judge me on the decisions I made.” She added she has no opponents in city government, only colleagues.By Courtney Gross on April 1, 2008, 12:47 pm
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