MID-HUDSON Four state legislators from Orange and Sullivan County have joined a lawsuit against the New York City congestion pricing that is scheduled to take effect in Manhattan later this year.
Apart from the FDR and West Street, there will be an extra charge to drive south of 60th Street.
The plan is being opposed by Senator Rob Rolison (R, Poughkeepsie), Senator James Skoufis (D, Cornwall), Assemblyman Chris Eachus (D, New Windsor), Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R, Deerpark), and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh).
According to Gunther, it might very well drive Mid-Hudson vital workers away from jobs in the Big Apple and have much more dire consequences for the state as a whole.
New York State’s population has been steadily declining. People are moving out of the State of New York if we, the middle class in middle class America, continue in this manner. She stated, “We have to defend the middle class.”
Says Brabenec, Many people in my area commute daily to New York City for work, and the congestion pricing may unfairly increase their out-of-pocket expenses. I worry that this legislation might unduly burden the hardworking people I represent financially, which would negatively impact their day-to-day lives and financial security. In order to protect the rights of my constituents and make sure that any MTA policy take into account the conditions of those living in Orange and Rockland Counties, I’ve joined my colleagues in the lawsuit filed by the United Federation of Teachers.
Congestion pricing, according to City of New York officials, will shorten travel times and reduce traffic while also improving air quality.