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Brodsky Represents NYC’s Wealthiest Car Commuters

2:16 PM EDT on July 10, 2007

brodsky.jpgHere is a complete copy of Assembly Member Richard Brodsky's "Interim Report and Inquiry" into New York City's long-term planning and congestion pricing proposals. Brodsky, you may recall, is the powerful state lawmaker with the moneybag full of parking industry contributions.

Brodsky's 20-page report concludes:

The Mayor deserves great credit for thinking seriously about the problems of congestion and inadequate mass transit funding. Congestion and capital mass transit funding are serious unaddressed problems which require action by state and city government.

But... 

The congestion pricing legislation is not now ina form which can be enacted.

And even though Manhattan-bound drive-to-work constituents in Brodsky's Westchester district earn on average $176,231
annually
—the highest of any New York county in the metropolitan area,
Brodsky is actually looking out for the little guy...

The revenues raised by the Mayor's proposal disproportionately andunfairly target people of low and moderate income, especially those wholive in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn.

Brodsky also says...

The City has no plan to improve mass transit prior to theimplementation of congestion pricing.

Forget that the entire point of getting state approval by July 16 is to win a $500 million grant from the federal government that would go towards immediate transit improvements, particularly to improve bus service in the outer boroughs.

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