Ask Governor Paterson About Transit and Livable Streets

New York Governor David Paterson is going to field questions this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on WCBS radio (880 on your AM dial). Got a question for the gov about MTA finances, congestion pricing, or livable streets? Submit it here.

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Pols Skeptical Ahead of Ravitch Report Release

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The much-anticipated report from the Ravitch Commission is scheduled to be released within the hour. The report is expected to include recommendations for an eight percent increase in transit fares along with tolls on East River and, possibly, Harlem River bridges — measures deemed necessary to avert the MTA "doomsday" scenario of a 23 percent […]

Paterson Backs Pricing, Introduces Bill in Albany

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David Paterson is going to do right by his old State Senate district after all. New York’s new governor settled any doubts about his position on congestion pricing this afternoon, introducing a bill that follows the recommendations of the Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission. The Daily Politics has the scoop: "Congestion pricing addresses two urgent concerns […]

Paterson: “We’re Taking a Look” at Pricing

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David Paterson held his first press conference as governor-in-waiting this afternoon, holding forth to a Red Room described by Elizabeth Benjamin of the Daily News as "more crowded than I have ever seen it in the almost 10 years I’ve been covering Albany." Self-deprecating and genuinely funny, Paterson fielded questions on the budget, campaign finance […]

Pricing Round Up: Persuasive Arguments, Rigged Polls, New Buses

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With a congestion pricing bill now on the table and the days to get it passed quickly winding down, here is a snapshot of where a handful of electeds, including heavy-hitters like David Paterson and Sheldon Silver, stand. First, the Times quotes Governor Paterson, following his sit-down with Mayor Bloomberg yesterday afternoon: "The mayor, I […]

Corzine Ratchets Up Interstate Bickering

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For months, New York legislators have insisted that New Jersey drivers pay a bigger chunk of the congestion fee than the pricing plan called for. Now that the pricing bill includes such a provision (which still doesn’t satisfy Speaker Silver), New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine is crying foul. The amendment he objects to stipulates that […]

Will Pricing Be on the Agenda of Newly-Appointed Ravitch Commission?

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Earlier this week Governor David Paterson announced appointees to the Ravitch Commission. The 13-member body, headed by former MTA Chair Richard Ravitch, is charged with researching and recommending revenue streams for the MTA in the wake of congestion pricing’s initial defeat at the hands of Assembly Democrats. At least four commission members can probably — […]