Bloomberg Stadium Foes Urge Silver to Support Pricing

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Then: "Honk No" to Mayor Bloomberg’s plan. Now: Stop honking and pay $8.
Bloomberg’s West Side stadium foes are now his congestion pricing friends.

Manhattan Community Boards 4, 5 and 6 are holding a joint public hearing on the PlaNYC congestion pricing proposal tonight at 6:00pm. In an interesting twist of politics, the West Side Neighborhood Alliance, a coalition that includes many of the organizations that urged State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to kill Mayor Bloomberg’s West Side
Stadium proposal a few years ago, are now pushing Silver to support the Mayor’s congestion pricing plan. They will publicly announce their support at tonight’s meeting.

"We fought Mayor Bloomberg on the stadium because we thought it was the wrong thing for our neighborhood and for the city as a whole. We’re supporting him on this because congestion pricing is an effective way to reduce traffic, clean the air and produce new revenue for our transit system," said John Raskin, Director of Organizing at Housing Conservation Coordinators and a founder of the West Side Neighborhood Alliance.

Members of the West Side Neighborhood Alliance are collecting hundreds of signatures from congestion pricing supporters to present to Speaker Silver later this week, hoping that their stadium savior of 2005 will become the clean air champion of 2007.

"Speaker Silver saved our neighborhood from the West Side Stadium," said David Warren, a resident of West 34th Street and member of the West Side Neighborhood Alliance. "Now we need him to save us from idling cars and the tons of pollution they produce while they sit on our streets."

  • Andrew

    Let’s hope they get through to Speaker Silver. Congestion pricing is hugely important to the future of New York City.

  • Jamie

    Don’t you think congestion pricing will hurt business? For example, how will deliveries be made during taxable driving hours?

  • howiehedd

    Less traffic will benefit anyone who has to sit in it.

    I would think small businesses and companies like FedEx and UPS will be the big winners financially if congestion pricing goes through.

    As for us manhattanites, we’ll just have to settle for cleaner air, quieter, safer streets and actually making it to the hospital in an ambulance before we die.

  • I think Mayor Nanny Bloomie is a very arrogant man. I also highly doubt he rides the subway that much. He’s the mayor, I want someone driving him around so he can work and make calls and stuff. New Yorkers shouldn’t want him wasting all that time on the subway.

    We all have to wonder what Bloomberg is really thinking of with this congestion pricing tax scheme. Maybe he mostly just wants a new tax. Just wrap it up in ‘concern for the environment’, and then people can just demonize those who oppose it.

    If he cares so much about traffic jams, congestion and air pollution, why does he let Park Avenue be blocked off? Why doesn’t he do anything about that?

    It’s true, Pershing Square Restaurant blocks Park Avenue going South at 42nd St. for about 12 hours a day/5 months of the year! This Causes Massive Congestion and Air Pollution!

    But apparently it does not bother NYC’s Nanny-in-Chief Mike “Congestion Pricing Tax” Bloomberg?

    It certainly supports his claim that the city is hugely congested.

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    Check it out!

    Thank you!

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