20 City Council Members Support or Lean Towards Pricing

If all goes according to plan, the decision to approve Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing proposal will be made by New York City’s 51 Council members some time before March 28, 2008. Gotham Gazette called every single New York City Council member to ask where they stood on congestion pricing and here is what reporter Courtney Gross found:

Twenty council members support or lean toward the plan. Another 11 oppose it or lean against it. Nearly a third of the council, or 16 members, contacted by Gotham Gazette said they were undecided, and three others did not return repeated phone calls. Jessica Lappin was on vacation and so unavailable.

For the plan to pass, 26 council members would have to approve it. With City Council Speaker Christine Quinn supporting the fees, Bloomberg may be able to move some members over to his side.

Here is where individual Council members stand:

  • Spud Spudly

    Gallagher didn’t comment? What a shock — probably too busy preparing his defense for rape charges.

  • When I spoke to Lappin in June, she expressed a general favorability, but some very specific concerns about the border issues.

    At the time she described her position as similar to Gov. Spitzer’s: She supports the idea of congestion pricing, but not exactly the version the Mayor has put forth.

    Her district (Fmr. Speaker Miller’s 5th District) straddles both the 86th street border proposed by Bloomberg and the traditional Central Business District (CBD) border at 60th Street that others have advocated for instead of 86th.

    The key particular benefit for her district would be that there would no longer be an incentive for Trucks or passenger cars to use the Queensboro bridge (free) versus the Triboro (toll) or the Midtown Tunnel (toll).

  • drose

    Gerson’s Against vote sticks out like a sore thumb, as he is the only Manhattan council member against the plan. It also surprises me since his district in lower Manhattan stands to be one of those most beneficially impacted by the plan. Perhaps he is getting an earful from the SUV-driving crowd down in Tribeca?

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    If the twenty are for real it should be easy to get six votes. A lot of these are real-politic type people and know how to maximize their leverage for whatever project they need from Bloomberg. Unfortunately, a lot of those things are really stupid and regressive themselves. Anyway, Bloomberg has lots of levers.

  • ralph kramden

    No surprise from McMahon and Oddo. Their constiuents now pay $5 on an express bus- two hours each way to Manhattan because the mayor and governor won’t do bus only lanes all the way into Manhattan. After 7:30 pm on a saturday and sunday night, they wait ONE HOUR for a ferry.

    These two sold out when they had a bill passed to provide 24 hour ferry service at least every half hour. The mayor vetoed the bill- they got scared and then they cut a deal for themselves, selling out their constituents. They are cheaper to buy than a drink at Danny Boy’s- Gallagher’s favorite watering hole.

  • Ian D

    I talked to Alan Gerson today (he was stopping cars in front of his building so a group of seniors could cross). He said that he was very frustrated with the Gotham Gazette reporting because he said he took a long time to explain that he supports a congestion pricing scheme in general, but he has issues with specific parts of the mayor’s implementation of it.

    I didn’t want to take up too much of his time since he was leaving, but it sounds like a communication issue if the Gazette thought that he was “against.”

  • NO EXEMPTIONS for Congestion Pricing

    NO EXEMPTIONS for 150,00 government sector employees when it comes to congestion pricing! The Mayor is hiding from making this statement in his proposal for congestion pricing. Why? Because 150,000 exemptions given to these parking placard holders would only serve to INCREASE the amount of traffic, congestion and pollution in Manhattan.

    The Mayor has conspicuously left EXEMPTIONS for 150,000 government employees out of his CP proposal, just as he has ignored thousands of daily parking violations committed by NYPD and other government workers using parking placards for literally the whole time he has been in office.

    Is the press afraid to bring this subject to light and make the Mayor fess up to this major flaw in his congestion pricing scheme? Elimination of thousands of daily illegal placard abuses first, and definitely NO EXEMPTIONS for 150,000 government sector employees. (Transportation Alternatives study of 2006)

  • Amanda

    Gerson has clarified his position, as noted in The Wonkster.

    He doesn’t get especially specific about how he wants to see the plan changed, however.

  • Hilary

    Feds have approved NYC for congestion pricing $ ! See Daily News for breaking story!

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