I was so hopeful that this plan would be passed! So many politicians were getting behind it and I read some poll somewhere, or maybe it was on the news, that said an overwhelming majority of NYC residents were supportive of the plan. Here's a link to an article about why it was dropped, without even a real vote!!! http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/08/nyregion/08congest.html?ex=1365393600&en=5baaf441138500c2&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink
"the mayor’s plan was strongly opposed by a broad array of politicians from Queens, Brooklyn and New York’s suburbs, who viewed the proposed congestion fee as a regressive measure that overwhelmingly benefited affluent Manhattanites." NY Times
Excuse me members of the State Assembly, are you kidding? This plan would have put more money into the transit system, which is really the transportation method of choice for most non-affluent NYers.
Here's a quote from Bloomberg:
“It takes a special type of cowardice for elected officials to refuse to stand up and vote their conscience on an issue that has been debated, and amended significantly to resolve many outstanding issues, for more than a year,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “Every New Yorker has a right to know if the person they send to Albany was for or against better transit and cleaner air.”
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