Mayor confirms traffic fee plan now in park

BROOKLYN - Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed Tuesday that his traffic fee plan hit a road bump in Albany, killing his push for federal funding.

"I don't know if it's dead or alive," Bloomberg said at a news conference. "Failure of the state Assembly to act in time on a deadline imposed by the federal government is a terrible setback for clean air and to our critical commitment to fight climate change."

Tuesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno declared Bloomberg's proposal dead and blamed the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

The mayor's congestion fee plan called for drivers to pay $8 to enter Manhattan below 86th Street between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Truck drivers would have paid $21.

The plan, part of Bloomberg's PlaNYC 2030 initiative, put the city in the running for federal funding.

The mayor vowed to continue to try and improve traffic and air quality.

Click here to see part of the mayor's press conference on the congestion pricing plan

AP wire reports contributed to this story.

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