De Blasio Opposes Congestion Pricing Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio is coming out against Governor Cuomo’s congestion pricing plan.

He said the plan isn’t politically viable.

The governor wants to charge drivers for entering busy parts of New York City.  The revenue would then help fund the MTA.

“I’ve never been in favor of this strategy. I’ve never seen an example of it that I thought was fair,” Mayor de Blasio said.

The mayor said he was willing to keep an open mind on the issue, noting that Governor Cuomo hasn’t offered any specifics about his plan yet.  However, he said he previously opposed former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan because it was unfair to the outer boroughs.

“So I still don’t see a path forward on this, but if the governor comes up with a different kind of plan we will assess it at the time,” de Blasio said.

The mayor has offered his own plan to fix the subway system.  He has proposed a millionaire’s tax, but it’s unclear whether that can win approval from the state legislature.

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