Hudson Valley Dems Won’t Support Congestion Pricing In Its Current Form

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — There is significant opposition growing against Cuomo’s congestion pricing plan as more senate Democrats say they will not vote for the measure in its current form.

Six state Democrats from the Hudson Valley, including Senate majority leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, say if congestion pricing is going to be funded from their constituents pockets, they should receive some kind of benefit.

The funds generated from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s joint plan are to benefit the MTA's capital funds.

State Senator David Carlucci says the benefit of the plan needs to be proportional.

“The governor and the mayor’s plan, it just doesn’t work for, I believe, Rockland and Westchester residents,” says Carlucci. "If we're investing in the MTA, then it's really investment in the overall health of the MTA system."

He is one of many senators who say they understand the need for congestion pricing, but cannot support the plan until a few issues are addressed. The state senators say some of the money from congestion pricing should benefit Metro North. They also say drivers who go over the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and George Washington Bridge should receive a tolling credit.

“Just like what the governor has suggested for the Lincoln and Holland Tunnel,” Carlucci explained.

These senators from the Hudson Valley are joining a ground of six other senate Democrats from Long Island who say they cannot support congestion pricing plan unless it includes some funding for the Long Island Rail Road.  

Without the support of all 12 senators, it’s unlikely any congestion pricing plan would pass.