Saturday, March 8, 2008

Pro Congestion Pricing Commercial On The Air

I turned on NY1 this morning to check the weather, and was greeted by this commercial from the Environmental Defense Fund. They also have a punch list of the "Four Ways New Yorkers Will Benefit From Congestion pricing" up here.

Nice to see some advocacy out there from environmental groups. I don't know much about EDF, but this left me with a good first impression.

In other news, the NYT reports that we are still short of votes on the City Council. However,

Ms. Quinn also expressed confidence that she and the mayor could swing enough votes to push the plan through the Council.

History is on her side. In her two years as speaker, she has used steady persuasion and the political power of her title to secure wins, often by garish margins, for bills that were unpopular with many of her members. They include the mayor’s long-stalled garbage plan, and tough new campaign finance restrictions.

In fact, Ms. Quinn has never lost a vote on a bill she has supported during her time as speaker, and has never received close to 20 votes against her.



The article also hints that David Weprin, the Queens-based Qixote who has relentlessly tilted against the plan, realizes that Bloomberg and Quinn will ultimately get their way.

At this point, I think the only question remaining is what sweeteners the holdouts demand for their votes. At least at the Council level, CP will pass.

1 comment:

jj said...

CALL THE BABY BY ITS REAL NAME
TAX TAX TAX
WIT THE NEW TAX PLAN IT IS A TAX MILLIONS OF DALLARS BUT NOT FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
1) THE TAX FROM LOCAL RESIDENT FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO PARK IN THE FRONT OF YOUR HOSE
2) THE TAX FOR ALL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO PAY A PLUS TAX FOR DOING BUSINESS
3) TICKETING EVERYBODY WHO WILL PARK VS THE LAW( EVERY CAR WHO IS REGISTER IN NYC HAVE PAID A MINIMUM OF 100 DOLLARS IN PARKING TICKETS EVERY YEAR)
4) THE FEDERAL BIG MONEY FOR THE CITY -"NOT ANY PAY BACK FOR THE LOCAL RESIDENT WHO WILL SUFFER FROM THE PARK AND RIDE AND ALL OUTER NEW REGULATION'S (CALL IT TAX SCAMS)
5) ALL NEW GARAGE SYSTEMS BUSINESS WHO WILL COME UP IN NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE WIILIAMSBURG TO PROVIDE THE PARK IN RIDE FOR OUTSIDERS AND THAT TAX WILL NOT GO TO THE LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS
TAX TAX TAX
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BUT NOT FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD


AND EVERY BROOKLYN POLITICIAN WHO WILL SUPPORT A NEW TAX WILL PAY THE FULL
PRICE OF IT !!!