Coming together on an issue that has long divided the two politicos, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that congestion pricing and a weed tax will be the key to solving New York City’s subway crisis.
“Working New Yorkers struggle every day to get around our city,” de Blasio said in a statement Tuesday. “We cannot let another year pass without action that makes people’s lives easier. This crisis runs deeper than ever before, and it’s now clear there is no way to address it without congestion pricing and other dedicated revenue streams. The time to act is now.”
Though congestion pricing has long been advocated by the governor, its adoption today marks policy shift for the mayor, who previously has backed a Millionaires Tax to fund Metropolitan Transportation Authority reforms.