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Assembly Leader Challenges Toll Planís Health Benefits
NY Times ^ | June 12, 2007 | DANNY HAKIM

Posted on 06/11/2007 10:08:07 PM PDT by neverdem

ALBANY, June 11 — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in his strongest language yet against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s plan to charge people who drive into the most congested parts of Manhattan during the day, questioned the health benefits of the proposal yesterday. He also suggested that many of the environmental goals Mr. Bloomberg has outlined could be accomplished without congestion pricing.

His comments suggested that two hours of testimony by Mayor Bloomberg at an Assembly hearing on Friday had not swayed the Democrats who control the chamber. Mr. Silver even seemed to outline new concerns, saying that the plan could actually hurt areas with high asthma rates.

“The children of the South Bronx, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem, among others, are the ones who have been exposed to a lot of pollutants,” he said. Not only would those neighborhoods not benefit from the plan, he said, “some of those areas will become parking lots with people driving around the neighborhoods looking for parking spots in order to avoid congestion pricing fees.”

“There is a plan that can be put together that would obviously alleviate the environmental negativism of what takes place in Manhattan right now,” he said, but added that it could be done “with or without” congestion pricing.

Mr. Silver’s remarks came on the heels of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s endorsement of the mayor’s proposal last week. And it followed the Assembly’s first hearing on the matter on Friday, at which the mayor offered a lengthy defense of his proposal, though Mr. Silver himself was not present.

Congestion pricing is the centerpiece of Mr. Bloomberg’s wide-ranging plan to ease traffic and improve air quality over the next several decades. His plan would impose an $8 fee on cars and a $21 fee on commercial trucks that enter the part of Manhattan below...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: asthma; bloomberg; congestionpricing; health; michaelrbloomberg; sheldonsilver

1 posted on 06/11/2007 10:08:09 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
When you’re dealing with Bloomin’ idiot, you can leave the facts at home. It’s his way or the highway...in this case, a toll highway.
2 posted on 06/11/2007 10:39:41 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (Run, Fred run! I will send my donation as soon as you announce.)
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To: cyborg; Clemenza; Cacique; NYCVirago; The Mayor; Darksheare; hellinahandcart; Chode; ...
Congestion pricing just screws folks coming from the east and the tunnels from NJ. I'd expect an increased use of the Triborough Bridge from folks in northern Queens and the rest of Long Island.

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3 posted on 06/11/2007 10:51:03 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem; Dad yer funny
Bloomberg’s plan stinks.

PS- What would some of you think about making some all-commercial neighborhoods (midtown) get their truck deliveries at night?

4 posted on 06/11/2007 10:56:35 PM PDT by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!))
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To: Yehuda
What would some of you think about making some all-commercial neighborhoods (midtown) get their truck deliveries at night?

I think it would be a good idea to test. Congestion pricing, once started, may never end, like so many idiotic laws that never come off the books.

5 posted on 06/11/2007 11:23:13 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Yehuda

Good idea, but the biggest problem with a plan like that is the burden it places on a small retail operation that would be forced to pay staff to be on duty throughout the night to accept deliveries. The only practical way to do this is to build the delivery restrictions into the zoning law whenever a property owner applies for a variance or a change in zoning.


6 posted on 06/12/2007 2:52:38 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: neverdem
Convert the NYC cabs to hybrids. During all that time they spend sitting in traffic they would not be wasting gas or polluting the air. Solve the congestion problem some other way than having yet another set of tolls. You send people a message that says: "Keep out" and they will. The restaurants & theaters will suffer.

Last time I had to go (way) downtown starting from the GW Bridge I parked up at 96th street and took a subway down. It saved me maybe half an hour going in and over an hour getting out. Why not have subway Park & Rides at the boundaries of the city?

When I drive in NYC it seems a lot of the congestion is where someone, usually a delivery truck, has double parked. So two or three lanes squeeze into one and it backs up all the way into the intersections. If the ordinances against double parking were enforced the congestion would be greatly reduced. Maybe all the business districts would have to become loading areas but it would be worth it.

7 posted on 06/12/2007 5:30:13 AM PDT by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


8 posted on 06/12/2007 7:37:49 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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