“Thums” Down and Zero Unispheres for Queens Pricing Supporters

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If Tony Avella and David Weprin and other Queens City Council members succeed in killing congestion pricing, at least Queens residents who lose out on transit improvements could take comfort in knowing that their representatives will have escaped the wrath of the Queens Civic Congress. Check out this (unedited) warning from the QCC [PDF]:

Queens Civic Congress puts all elected officials and would be ones on notice that the communities are closely following what people say and how they will vote. The Civic community expect the City Council to vote a strong thums down to the congestion tax." stated Jim Trent, Transportation Chair for the Queens Civic Congress, a the borough-wide coalition of civic and condo, cooperative, tenant and other community organizations. "Anyone who supports the unfair tax and/ or votes for it stands to lose any chance of being ‘awarded" the coveted five unispheres rating; it could costs them as they look ahead to the next election.

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  • If you spell it thum, you must be dum.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    I never liked that B anyway.

    That said, it’s clear that Queens is far from united on this issue. I and many others in the borough feel that congestion pricing would be a good thing, even for the people out in Bayside. I’m disappointed that the Congress presumes to speak for the whole borough on this issue. How could anyone take these Unispheres seriously, knowing that they’re awarded in such a capricious way? Thums down for that.

  • Shemp

    Doesn’t look like that strong a threat, frankly. Implies you could vote for it and still get 3 or 4 ‘spheres. It’s not like a union taking away your campaign cash.

  • Hilary

    If low-income drivers get a “break” on the CP fee, does that mean they will have an incentive to drive into the zone in order to get the toll they paid??

  • Mitch

    I don’t suppose any of you have failed to notice the significance of the Unisphere, as a symbol of Robert Moses’ last major public works project?

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