Congestion Pricing Opponents’ Press Conference
On Sunday, July, 15, 2007 neighborhood opponents of the Mayor’s Congestion Pricing plan will hold a rally and press conference at City Hall to protest the Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to tax cars going into the City’s central business district.
The theme of the press conference, to be led by State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. of The Bronx, is the failure of the Mayor’s plan to address the air quality in those neighborhoods that are experiencing a severe asthma problem. As Senator Diaz says; “With all due respect to environmentalists, I cannot understand how these plans can be made without an environmental impact study being conducted first. There are many questions that have been left unanswered, and we need to have a thorough review of the matter before implementing any plan of action.
Joining Senator Diaz will be scores of neighborhood kids, community leaders and elected officials. The rally will focus on the need for the City to develop a full city-wide traffic congestion plan; and to build up the transit infrastructure before any congestion tax is imposed on the City’s middle class.