Capital New York:
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is taking firm stance against Move NY, a congestion pricing plan that would raise funds for infrastructure repairs by implementing tolls on bridges over the East River, as well as on traffic crossing south over 60th Street in Manhattan.
In a statement co-signed by 18 Queens state senators, assembly members, and council members, Katz denounced Move NY as unfair to Queens residents. Under Move NY, Queens residents would be disproportionately taxed, with no promise of receiving benefits of the plan, the Queens politicians said.
“The ‘Move NY Fair Plan’ is far from fair and lacks any promise of returns. It is fundamentally unfair to charge residents a fee to travel within one city. It is certainly unfair to the families who live in the transit desert of Queens as it would landlock our Borough,” the pols’ statement said. “The ideas in the proposal for mass transit improvements are great. But without any direct connection between the revenues generated from the proposed tolls to those very improvements, there is simply no guarantee that this proposal will actually yield anything tangible or amount to anything more than just that: an interesting idea.”
The group acknowledged the need for more reliable funding for mass transit, but argued that Move NY would raise funds at the disproportionate expense of Queens drivers. “We reject the notion that there is only one way to generate additional monies for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and our region’s infrastructure,” the group said, urging the city to find alternative funding methods.