The King of Albany Gridlock Breaks His Silence

As reported by WNYC:

NEW YORK, NY June 11, 2007 – As the mayor continues to push for a congestion pricing scheme for midtown Manhattan, the focus of the debate has shifted to — you guessed it — Albany.

REPORTER: Assembly members had many questions for the mayor on Friday, and Speaker Sheldon Silver said today he had issues of his own.

SILVER: Will mass transit be ready to handle the overage? What’s the significance? So these are all questions that hopefully good minds will get to work on answering and we’ll have a comprehensive plan that makes sense.

REPORTER: Speaking to reporter’s upstate, Silver said there would be no decision made before the legislative session ends later this month. But he held out hope that something could be voted on later this summer. City officials are urging action by august so the plan can qualify for federal grant money.

  • momos

    Streetsbloggers – Get on the phone and call Silver. All hands on deck. Tell him New York is watching his political games with disgust.

    DISTRICT OFFICE
    212-312-1420

    ALBANY OFFICE
    518-455-3791

  • Q.R.

    Silver to New York: Drop Dead (Eventually)

  • TOMSAIL

    BEAT THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION!

    AMERICANS: GUILTY OF EXTRAVAGANT OVER-INDULGENCE–TOO MANY CARS

    It is time for local governments to start increasing the taxes on car ownership–a progressive tax. If a household owns more than one car, there should be an increasingly higher annual tax percentage on every car after the first one.

    This would be a fair way to encourage a reduction of cars on the road, to increase revenues for road and transit system improvements, and to fight Global Warming.

    This progressive tax would also provide the revenue needed to lower or eliminate the cost of transit passes.

    Additional help in establishing an effective plan can be found in the new book:

    “HOW TO LIVE WELL WITHOUT OWNING A CAR” by Chris Balish….

    “With all the media hype about Climate Change, Traffic Congestion, and Oil Addiction, there aren’t many out there talking about doing something really worth while about the major culprit–the CAR. This book has a great, completely voluntary, plan that not only helps to achieve National Energy Independence, but also helps all people to achieve Personal Financial Freedom.”

    EXAMPLE: We are all familiar with Car Rentals, but how many know anything about the rapidly growing Car Sharing Companies and Car Sharing Neighborhood Groups?

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