Monday, March 31, 2008

Congestion Pricing Passes City Council

A battle won! I am frankly disappointed with where Bill deBlasio ended up on this issue (voted no), though David Yassky, Tish James, Simcha Felder and Domenic Recchia deserve kudos for their votes. And you really have to admire the way that Speaker Christine Quinn wrangled the votes; I am truly impressed with her whip ability.

The war remains. We still need to get this measure passed at the state level. Contact your Assembly and Senate delegations . . . we still have a fight on our hands.

Remember: you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Be civil and rational when stating your case. I know that my own Assemblymember, Joan Millman, has had concerns about aspects of the congestion pricing program. I am still hopeful that she can come to support this very necessary measure.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Given that her district is one of the most abused in the entire state when it comes to bearing the burden of other district's traffic, if Millman doesn't come around on pricing she can expect relentless opposition and well-financed candidates to run against her in her primary elections from here on out. The free ride will be over for her. In fact, her failure to provide leadership on this issue may already have cost her quite a bit. There are a lot of political people out there who have had it with Joan and feel that she no longer represents the interests of her district.

jj said...

tahnk for voting a big no for taxnik brooklyn