Statement from Mayor Bloomberg on Congestion Pricing Failure

Press conference at 11:30 am today. Here is the Mayor’s statement on the New York State legislature’s failure to act on New York City’s congestion pricing plan: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2007


STATEMENT FROM MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON

CONGESTION PRICING AND PLANYC

"Although we continue to talk to the Legislature and the Governor, it’s sad to note that after three months of working with all parties to address their questions, the failure of the State Assembly to act in time on a deadline imposed by the federal Government is a terrible setback for clean air and to our critical commitment to fight climate change.

"I can’t ascribe motives to the lack of action in Albany, but I can definitively say the environment and the future quality of life in New York took a beating. This Administration will continue to work with the more than 140 civic, business, environmental and labor organizations that support our plan to make progress, and we will continue to press for real solutions, not interminable study groups whose only real purpose is to avoid accountability and results. Therefore, we will work to implement the initiatives contained within PlaNYC. While business as usual in Albany may be an impediment to congestion pricing at this time, we can still make a difference for the future of our City and create a greener, greater New York."

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