You’ve got to hand it to Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. His anti-congestion pricing shtick is so finely honed it almost reads like haiku poetry. Here’s a bit of verse I derived from a recent Q&A in a newspaper that covers important New York state political issues like, who is Albany’s most eligible bachelorette? In the Poet-Statesman’s own words:

 I Think It’s a Disaster

It’s a regressive tax
on a large band of people

mostly middle income
and low income
in the Bronx Brooklyn and Queens

People from Jersey don’t pay

The money
is not guaranteed to go
to mass transit

They gut the environmental laws.

— Richard Brodsky 

  • Mark

    Aaron is too modest to say so, but he is a published author of haiku. See Honku: The Zen Antidote to Road Rage at Still available as a used book on Amazon!

  • Larry Littlefield

    In Albany, money flows
    To power.

    Not to merit, or need.

    From each according to
    Their stupidity.

    To each according to
    Their Greed.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    Has anyone seen
    these low-income people who
    drive to Manhattan?

    If Brodsky could show
    just one of them to us
    it would help us see.

    People in Jersey
    will be paying eight dollars
    for a new tunnel.

  • Josh

    Angus, that was great,
    but short a syllable in
    haiku two, line two.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    Thanks, Josh!

    If Brodsky could show just one person who does that it would make more sense.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    Hm, it looks like the blogging software won’t let me center-align text in the comments. Oh well.

    If Brodsky could show
    just one person who does that
    it would make more sense.


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Richard Brodsky is using this letter to rally opposition to congestion pricing. To get a sense of the issues that congestion pricing advocates will have to address in the State Assembly, download this letter that Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky circulated to his fellow Democrats yesterday. In it, Brodsky repeats the debunked claim that congestion pricing […]

Wylde v. Brodsky on WNBC News Show

Yesterday on WNBC’s "News Forum," Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City and congestion pricing panel appointee, went head-to-head with anti-pricing Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. While Brodsky once again recited the "tax on the working man" même chapter and verse, he failed, once again, to articulate an alternative plan to raise […]

Bloomberg Says What You’re Thinking

Perhaps getting tired of seeing his PlaNYC centerpiece attacked by lawmakers from outside the city, Mayor Bloomberg had some frank remarks for congestion pricing critic Assemblyman Richard Brodsky on the radio today. The Daily Politics reports: On his weekly radio show this morning, Mayor Bloomberg took a swipe at Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, the Westchester Democrat […]

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On the Brian Lehrer show this morning, Assembly Member Richard Brodsky brushed off reports of his parking industry campaign contributions and TA, RPA and Streetsblog’s substantive criticism of his congestion pricing study as a "personal attack." Here’s a transcript:  Brian Lehrer: Streetsblog, the website, reported yesterday that over the past five years you have accepted […]

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City Traded Parking Spots for Yankee Stadium Suite

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