New York City commuters and workers from across the region will soon pay a steep price to enter midtown Manhattan, with Big Apple officials confirming over the weekend they plan to introduce “congestion pricing” to help off-set the massive MTA operating budget.
“Motorists entering Midtown Manhattan below 60th Street will be charged a toll, which is anticipated to raise more than $1 billion a year for the city’s ailing public transit system. A panel of experts will set the surcharges by the end of 2020, but sources told CBS2 drivers in cars will pay around $11.50 and truck drivers around $25,” reports CBS New York.
Congestion pricing is the solution we need to deliver New Yorkers the mass transit they deserve and reduce NYC's traffic. Add your name:https://t.co/XqGoNanMh0
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 27, 2019
“I work in Manhattan a lot and I don’t mind paying for it to get in there and if it helps congestion, even better,” said one commuter on Long Island.
“That’s crazy. I can’t imagine doing that. But I have to see my mother and it’s something that would greatly impact me,” added another.
Read the full report here.
DE BLASIO’S NYC: Mayor Allocates Additional $1.6M to Attorneys Defending Migrants from Deportation
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his city council are allocating an additional $1.6 million to provide legal resources for illegal immigrant residents facing deportation orders and other law enforcement issues.
“Calling it a defensive fund against President Trump’s immigration policies, New York City officials plan to put an extra $1.6 million toward public defenders representing immigrants slated for deportation,” reports Fox News.
“Attorneys and immigrant rights groups had pushed for money, saying that courts were rushing decisions on deportation and that immigrants were at a disadvantage if they did not have the help of an attorney,” adds the author. “The move to bolster the funding arose from a deal between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson.”
“This is crucial right now as the ICE deportation machine has ramped up efforts to interfere with the necessary work NYIFUP is doing by pushing people through the system with zero regard for due process. I will continue to fight these un-American and horrific immigration policies,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
Read the full report at Fox News.
DE BLASIO’S NYC: Mayor Calls for Construction of $10 BILLION Global Warming ‘Barriers’ in Lower Manhattan
Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio left millions of New Yorkers scratching their heads Thursday; totally ignoring the city’s crumbling infrastructure and calling for the creation of global warming “barriers” in lower Manhattan.
“We don’t debate global warming in New York City. Not anymore. The only question is where to build the barriers to protect us from rising seas and the inevitable next storm, and how fast we can build them,” posted the Mayor’s office on social media.
“Over the coming years, we will spend up to $10 billion to extend the downtown waterfront,” he added.
"We don’t debate global warming in New York City. Not anymore. The only question is where to build the barriers to protect us from rising seas and the inevitable next storm, and how fast we can build them." — @NYCMayorhttps://t.co/Ww6UI9GesP
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) March 14, 2019
The Mayor’s plan comes hours after he posted another bizarre tweet; instructing New Yorkers on the proper use of toilets and apartments across the city.
Read his full proposal here.