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April 10, 2008

The congestion pricing votes: AY wasn't the issue, nor was overbuilding

Atlantic Yards Report

Implementation of congestion pricing was considered to be critical to offset the impact of Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards plan. You'd think that Atlantic Yards boosters would support the plan, or that politicians who have taken a public stance on the largest single-source private development project in NYC history would factor their positions into their decisions to support congestion pricing.

Today Norman Oder tallies the scorecard:

As the recent defeat of Mayor Mike Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal suggests, local political considerations trump the long-term public policy issue. The politicians with the most at stake regarding Atlantic Yards were decidedly mixed in their approach.

For example, City Council Member Letitia James, an Atlantic Yards opponent, supported CP. City Council Member Bill de Blasio, a longstanding but increasingly critical supporter of AY, represents a district that suffers as much from traffic as does James's district. But his opposition to CP likely derives mainly from his need to court votes throughout Brooklyn in his run for Borough President.

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Posted by lumi at April 10, 2008 5:29 AM