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Lander threatens lawsuit over congestion pricing delay

June 13, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE CITY COMPTROLLER BRAD Lander on Wednesday announced that his office and other groups were “ready and able” to take legal action against Albany if Governor Hochul’s block on the implementation of congestion pricing isn’t lifted by the planned start date of June 30, reports City and State NY. The comptroller and other speakers at a press conference stated that they believed several groups of New Yorkers that could be potentially adversely impacted might have standing to sue, including people with disabilities, lower Manhattan residents and MTA bondholders. The MTA is currently facing a $1 billion financial crisis over the canceled tolling, which was included in its budget for this year; Lander said that any legal moves would come only after the MTA board meeting on June 26, at which members will vote on the governor’s plan.

Funds raised from tolling and bond sales backed by toll revenue were intended for use in upgrading the transit system, including plans for accessibility refurbishments at many of the city’s older subway stops.

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