Congestion pricing: The Brooklyn vote

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The City Council approved the mayor’s plan to charge car drivers $8 and truck drivers $21 to enter Manhattan below 60th Street by a 30–20 vote on Monday. But here in Brooklyn, the vote went the opposite way.

Yes votes (7)Degree of flip-flop
Simcha Felder (D–Borough Park)Major! Two weeks ago, he told The Brooklyn Paper: “Until there are more details on exactly what Brooklyn will get from money generated from congestion pricing, I cannot support this plan.”
Sara Gonzalez (D–Sunset Park)Minor. Two weeks ago, her spokesman said “the final product has not been presented yet,” so the councilwoman was undecided.
Letitia James (D–Fort Greene)No flip flop. The councilwoman had been “leaning yes.”
Domenic Recchia (D–Bensonhurst)Unclear. The councilman said he was undecided two weeks ago.
Kendall Stewart (D–Flatbush)Major! Two weeks ago, he said he would vote no because “people from New Jersey must pay, too.” And he called residential parking permits “another tax as far as I’m concerned.”
Al Vann (D–Bedford-Stuyvesant)Unclear. The councilman never called us back.
David Yassky (D–Brooklyn Heights)No flip flop. Yassky long favored the mayor’s plan.
No votes (10)Degree of flip-flop
Diana Reyna (D–Bushwick)Unclear. The councilman said he was undecided two weeks ago.
Charles Barron (D–Brownsville)No flip flop. Barron long opposed the mayor’s plan as “a regressive tax on those who can afford it least.”
Bill DeBlasio (D–Park Slope)Unclear. He said he was undecided, yet had a long list of reasons for opposing the plan, including a “woefully inadequate” public debate and the “effect on low-income commuters.”
Erik Martin Dilan (D–East NY)No flip flop. Two weeks ago, Dilan said, “I hate congestion pricing.”
Mathieu Eugene (D–Crown Heights)Unclear. Two weeks ago, he was undecided and leaning against it.
Lew Fidler (D–Canarsie)No flip flop. Fidler has long opposed congestion pricing.
Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge)No flip flop. Gentile opposed congestion pricing because it did not have “benchmarks [like] 24-hour R-train service [and] better bus service.”
Diane Mealy (D–East NY)Unclear. She never called us back.
Michael Nelson (D–Sheepshead Bay)No flip flop. Nelson opposed congestion pricing because he had not been shown that “it will help the environment enough to add this tax to my constituen­ts.”
James Oddo (R–Dyker Heights)No flip flop. Oddo opposed congestion pricing because the mayor never “demonstrated how it benefits” his district.
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John from Flatbush says:
Looking at how all the "no" voters were either "no flip-flop" or unclear, but a few of the "yes" voters were major flip-floppers, it goes to show you which elected officials acted with integrity and which ones sold their constituents and principle in exchange for principal.
April 4, 2008, 12:45 am
alpankin from boro hall says:
congestion pricing is just another tax, I was in london a few months ago and didn't see much of a reduction in traffic, it was as busy as ever, just more expensive. it seems to me that the money that will be raised is still less than the commuter tax that was abolished years ago thanks to sheldon silver. the albany "consultants" who will run this program will make a fortune, how is the city ahead? we are worse off than before.
April 4, 2008, 8:34 am
JC from south brooklyn says:
This is the problem with congesion pricing opponents - big on claims and anecdotes, short on backup.

The London Congestion charge brought about a 20% reduction in rush-hour traffic, a fact proven by extensive empirical research. But if Al says he didn't see a reduction on his way to see Buckingham Palace, all those studies must be wrong...

In other news: since my chain-smoking grandmother lived to 100, that must mean smoking isn't bad for you!
April 4, 2008, 4:50 pm

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