Pol urges Mike to shore up river taxi BY ELIZABETH HAYS, Daily News
Outraged Brooklyn and Queens commuters Friday called on Mayor Bloomberg to save year-round ferry service on the East River.
The move came after New York Water Taxi, which operates the route, announced it will cut all service from Jan. 1 to May 1 to save money.
"We should be expanding water access, not cutting back," said City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) at a news conference in Williamsburg.
Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) urged the city to subsidize the route - which connects DUMBO, Williamsburg and Long Island City to Manhattan - as it does subways and buses.
"Mass transit just doesn't work on its own. It requires government subsidies," he said.
New York Water Taxi has blamed the cuts on skyrocketing fuel costs and the drop in the number of tourists during the winter.
Expanding ferry service was one of 127 proposals listed in PlaNYC, the mayor's ambitious environmental proposal released in the spring.
A Bloomberg spokesman said the mayor is "committed to providing East River ferry service" and is "exploring the best routes and financing options to make service viable."
Let them take the subway with the rest of us. Expensive "taxi" rides should not be paid for with tax dollars.
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