COMMUTE-TAX KILLER SILVER WANTS IT BACK
By SALLY GOLDENBERG, NY Post
A tax on commuters who work in the city would raise $713 million this year alone and help stave off the anticipated toll hike on four East River bridges, a group of local officials say - and they've just added a powerful ally in their bid to reinstate it.
The movement to bring back the commuter tax already has the backing of Mayor Bloomberg. Now a new supporter has jumped on the bandwagon - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), who led the charge to kill it in 1999.
The most powerful opponent of reinstating the tax is Silver's fellow Democrat, Gov. Paterson.
But others in opposition include Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau County) and Minority Leader Malcolm Smith (D-Queens), whose political caucus is slated to take over in January.
Malcolm Smith is an ass.
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