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Lawmakers leave Albany without replacing lost revenue from congestion-pricing ‘pause’

June 10, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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ALBANY — NEW YORK LAWMAKERS in Albany have failed — so far — to find a way to fix a billion-dollar budget hole after Gov. Kathy Hochul’s last-minute decision to “pause” a years-in-the-making congestion pricing toll, Gothamist reports. The Legislature’s 2024 session ended over the weekend, and electeds were unable to reach a consensus on either a tax or legislative IOU to replace revenue the MTA was counting on to improve New York City’s subway system. “The governor is pointing an unloaded gun at us and asking to give her the ammunition to shoot us and our constituents,” said state Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Williamsburg, Bushwick), in a statement read at a pro-congestion pricing rally on Friday morning.

Hochul, however, said the toll would place an undue burden on residents already struggling with the high cost of living. “I encourage you to go to the next diner with me and … sit with me and watch the people come over and thank me,” the governor said Friday. “That’s all I need to know. That is all I need to know.”

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