One More Chance to Support Pricing: Call Your Reps Today!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Congestion pricing is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact progressive transportation policy for New York City.

With the midnight deadline to receive $354 million in federal aid approaching in a matter of hours, now is the last chance to call your representatives in Albany to express your support, no matter where they may stand on the issue. And don’t forget, when you call you can have these handy fact sheets at your disposal.

As we learned from reader reports last week, several representatives who seem to be leaning against pricing in the press are in fact uncommitted. Your phone calls today will make a difference.

Every state legislator should hear as often as possible from pricing supporters, but here are a few that Streetsbloggers have identified as fence-sitters, and what our readers heard when they called.

Hakeem Jeffries. Despite signals that he does not favor pricing, the Brooklyn Assemblyman has yet to decide how he will vote:

  • "i finally got an email back from Jeffries… in his email
    he said he was still "keeping an open mind" but that his colleagues in
    the assembly still had concerns that had to be addressed."

Brooklyn Assemblywoman Joan Millman:

  • "Assemblywoman Millman supports the concept of congestion pricing, but
    is hung up on getting assurances from the mayor about the lock box,
    transit improvements, and handicap access to subway stations."

Upper West Side Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell:

  • "I called O’Donnell’s office. The staffer on the phone said he "supports
    the goals" of CP but "has many questions." I gave my spiel on why we
    need CP."

Lower Manhattan Assemblywoman Deborah Glick:

  • "Called Glick’s office. Was told repeatedly that Glick does not have a
    position on this issue which is bizarre because all of lower Manhattan
    would benefit from the reduction of trucks heading over the bridges and
    into the Holland tunnel."

Queens Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan:

  • "I spoke to a staff member in Catherine Nolan’s office. She said Nolan currently has no opinion."

  • Moser

    Hearing Lentol is not hopeless – call him in Albany!

  • Damian

    I just called Lentol in Brooklyn AND Albany.

  • Larry Littlefield

    If it doesn’t come up for a vote, they are all opposed.

  • epkwy

    glick and gottfried were on brian lehrer this morning. Both seemed to understand that CP is a good idea, and would support some version of it, but they sounded off about the lack of deal-making and ‘response’ from the mayor’s office. Basically, it sounds like Bloomberg didn’t pet their egos enough.

    Whether this speaks more about the political tone-deafness and high-handedness of Bloomberg, or about Albany legislators’ pathetic need to be coddled and inability to address an issue on its merits alone (as opposed to purely political considerations), I couldn’t say.

    If the plan isn’t good enough, here’s to making enough concessions to mollify the assembly idiots (make it a pilot plan, cave in on the EIS).

  • galvo

    sheldon silver said no, per 1010 radio

  • Larry Littlefield

    “They sounded off about the lack of deal-making and ‘response’ from the mayor’s office.”

    Red herring. Lest anybody forget, Bloomberg’s proposal IS NOT BEING CONSIDERED. It was ALREADY REJECTED.

    What is being considered is the proposal of a Commission MANDATED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE at the behest of the NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY.

    Anything else is propaganda, and an attempt to avoid responsibility for the consequences. They are voting, or not voting, on the recommendations of their own commission, including:

    1. Changing the boundaries.
    2. No internal toll.
    3. All money for the existing MTA capital plan, none for discretionary NYC projects.
    4. Bonded against and spent up front, not a pilot project as in Bloomberg’s original proposal.

    Aside from the bonding part, I though the commission’s proposal was better to start. BUT IT IS NOT BLOOMBERG’S PROPOSAL!


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