Brodsku

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
people
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 

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