Council to Vote on Pricing Later Today [Updated]

From the Daily Politics:

Multiple sources tell the DN’s City Hall bureau that the Council is going to go forward with a vote on congestion pricing this afternoon despite the fact that it has not received assurances from the state Legislature that the issue will be taken up in the Senate, and, perhaps more importantly, the Assembly, if Council members put themselves out there and pass this contentious issue.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is way out on a limb for Mayor Bloomberg on this issue, needs 26 votes to pass the pay-to-drive plan. The assumption is she has them, or she wouldn’t be calling this vote.

UPDATE: The Federal and State Legislation Committee is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. The full Council will vote after the committee moves the bill out.

UPDATE: The Observer’s Azi Paybarah is issuing live updates at the Politicker.

UPDATE TWO: Liz Benjamin also has breaking news at Daily Politics, and City Room is following the action as well. (Sewell Chan at City Room reports the 3:30 meeting was delayed for an hour "as negotiations continued to take place.")

  • anon

    (Fingers crossed)

  • Josh

    “The assumption is she has them, or she wouldn’t be calling this vote.”

    I guess that does make sense.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Well good luck to the speaker.

    I haven’t forgotten that she supported an equitable solid waste management plan, despite a transfer facility located in her own district — something else the state legislature shot down. CP is the tip of the iceberg.

  • Competitive primaries

    Looking forward to an up or down vote across the board so we can size up our opponents in the next election cycle.

    I actually think Paterson is playing a nice game up in Albany – budget first so everybody can be desparate for more funding

  • any word?

    Is anyone following this in real time? I need my fix!

  • Laurent

    The commmittee has not yet taken up the issue as of 4 p.m. but the whole city’s media is on-site.

  • patience
  • momos

    Uniformed Fire Officers Association backs down on congestion pricing. (4:25pm)

    UFOA switches its position from opposition to neutral.

    Union spokesman Martin Steadman says Central Labor Council and Ed Malloy, of the Building and Construction Trades of Greater New York, intervened.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2008/03/ufoa-backs-down-on-congestion.html

  • brooklyn and i

    CHRISTINE QUINN WAS LIVING IN NJ FOR YEARS

    http://oprs.co.monmouth.nj.us/oprs/clerk/clerkhome.aspx?op=basic

    AND SHE DIDN’T COME TO NYC EVERY DAY WIT MASS TRANSIT ONLY WIT A CAR SUCH HIPPOCRATIC

  • CHRISTINE QUINN WILL DO NO HARM AS A PHYSICIAN

  • patience

    WNYC is reporting Quinn has at least 27 on her side, likely to pick up a few more before vote…that “nobody wants to be in the minority on this one.”

    What are the vegas odds on Fidler voting YES?

  • Josh

    Nah. Fidler strikes me as an honest guy (though one with whom I disagree on this issue). I don’t see him flipping just to be in the majority.

  • Let the fence-sitting end quickly!

  • mike

    update from Cityroom:

    Updated, 5:21 p.m. | The City Council scheduled a 3:30 p.m. vote on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s plan to charge drivers to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street, but nearly two hours later, the meeting still had not begun. The reasons for the delay were not clear; Council members milled around City Hall, some of them in the lobby outside the ornate second-floor chamber. Behind the scenes, Mayor Bloomberg and aides to the Council were negotiating, and lawyers for the Council were seen running about.

  • patience

    Mtg begun, spoke so far:
    Against
    Fidler
    Weprin
    Katz

    Favor
    Mark-Viverito
    Jackson

  • Moser

    Hearing committee passed measure 6-3. On to full Council.

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