More on Congestion Pricing
April 25th, 2007

Anyone cynical about politics will enjoy watching politicians, including those interested in higher office (and isn’t that just about all of them?) react to the mayor’s PlaNYC2030. Many applaud the big vision – as long as it does not require any possible voter to change their ways.

Gotham Gazette’ City Council reporter found little rush to speak out on the proposals for a more environmentally friendly city among the very same council members who clamored to demonstrate their political courage by condemning Don Imus 10 days earlier.

Streetsblog surveys the political reaction. Take Christine Quinn, normally an ally of the mayor’s. The likely 2009 mayoral candidate goes way out on a limb on congestion pricing: “Whether you’re for it or against it, it’s a serious proposal and it deserves serious attention.” Outer borough politicians including mayoral contenders Anthony Weiner and Adolfo Carrion and Marty Markowitz (who’s reportedly running for something) were more outspoken. Carrion wonders about “another hidden tax on working people” (the same working people who pay $15 an hour to park), Marty Markowitz would support congestion pricing – provided it doesn’t apply to people driving to work – and Weiner, applauds long-term planning — but thinks congestion pricing is a sure that’s “worse than the disease.” Councilmembers David Weprin, who is reportedly mulling a bid for city comptroller, and Lew Fidler came out against the plan – before the mayor even proposed it.

A few politicians have endorsed the fee to drive into Manhattan. Although he does not like Mayor Bloomberg, State Senator Bill Perkins of Harlem told The Politicker he thinks congestion pricing can work: “”There is no question in my mind that you can do what he wants to do without it being a tax on the middle class and the poor,” Perkins said. And Nassau County Executive The Nassau County Executive, Thomas Suozzi, many of whose constituents drive to Manhattan, admitted, “People’s first reaction is they don’t want to pay.” But, he added, “getting them to switch to mass transit benefits us all.”

Maybe more politicians will join in. After all an unscientific-online poll by Crain’s found more than half of the respondents backed Bloomberg’s proposal for congestion pricing.

By on April 25, 2007, 11:59 am
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  1. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » Congestion Pricing Scorecard Says:
    April 26th, 2007 at 11:45 am

    […] For more on what politicians are for it (not many), who’s against it (lots) and who’s waffling (lots), see the Polticker’s latest listing. Compiled by Gail Robinson […]

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