As part of New York’s new budget, the state legislature—with the approval of the New York City delegation—passed legislation approving congestion pricing in Manhattan below 60th Street. Congestion pricing makes sense in theory, but the new plan takes away what little power the city had over its own transportation. Manhattan traffic is a mess, but turning over control of the city’s streets to the MTA is unlikely to work out well.
The Facts You Need to Know
Master: Governor Cuomo big-footed Mayor de Blasio and the legislature in enacting the plan, which amounts to an enormous power grab. Read more.
Board: The new law establishes a “traffic mobility review board” helmed by MTA appointees that will have control over core Manhattan traffic decisions and congestion-pricing fees. Read more.
Suburbs: Suburban constituents will have a disproportionate voice in determining how congestion pricing works. Read more.
“It’s hard to blame Cuomo for this power and money consolidation: he simply took what the state legislature gave him.”
So, correct me if I'm wrong, but a commission will decide on public campaign finance system AND congestion pricing details? And a commission also decided on legislative and executive pay raises. The new normal is kicking hard choices to a commission for cover?— Liz Benjamin (@CTLizB) April 1, 2019
The Past is Present
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