A Bronx Cheer for Congestion Pricing

At a press conference today, a group of Bronx and northern Manhattan elected officials have signed on in support of Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing effort. They are:

  • Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion
  • Assembly member Michael Benedetto
  • Assembly member Adam Clayton Powell IV
  • Bronx Democratic Chair and Assembly member Jose Rivera.
  • Council member James Vacca.
  • Council member Annabel Palma.

An updated list from The Daily Politics:

  • Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat
  • Assemblyman Peter Rivera
  • Assemblyman Carl Heastie
  • Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera

Here’s a piece of the press release from the Campaign for New York’s Future:

"Environmental Defense applauds Bronx Borough President Carrion, Assembly Members Benedetto, Powell and Rivera, and Council Members Palma and Vacca for supporting congestion pricing, clean energy and the goals of PlaNYC at this critical time," said Andy Darrell, director of the Living Cities program at Environmental Defense. "Vehicle emissions contribute more than 86% of the total cancer risk from toxic air pollution in the Bronx, and the air cancer risk from diesel is 1000 times higher than the EPA standards. Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion’s support helps move the Bronx — and the city as a whole — toward a future with less traffic pollution, better transit and lower energy bills. It’s time for legislative leaders in Albany to take the step that Adolfo Carrion and his colleagues have taken today."

  • drose

    OK, so what are the totals for and against now, just in the city?
    I count Stringer and Carrion for, Marshall against, Markowitz uncommitted among the borough presidents.
    Both Crowley and Rivera are for, don’t know who runs Manhattan or Brooklyn on the Democratic side.
    City council, assembly and senate are too difficult for me to add up.
    Yet to hear from Quinn on this.
    The running total probably looks good, but we need more talk from the leaders like Carrion, Crowley and Stringer to get Quinn and others on board. Not holding my breath on ever getting any type of ringing endorsement from Albany.

  • drose

    Btw, I did see Bloomberg list Linda Rosenthal (my assembly member) as a supporter in one of his press releases this week. That was news to me.

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