Report blasts mayor's congestion pricing plan

BROOKLYN - A new report out Monday is set to criticize Mayor Bloomberg's (I-NYC) congestion pricing plan. The report from Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Westchester) claims the plan puts most of the burden on low-income and middle-income drivers. It says many outer-borough drivers may not be able to afford the $8 fee. The report also says it's possible that the $8 fee will change. The plan would charge drivers entering parts of Manhattan $8 during certain hours of the week. Bloomberg says the plan would generate millions for the city, some of which would go toward mass transit improvements. Environmentalists contend the plan will also help improve air quality. In order to get federal funding, the plan must be signed off on by July 16. The mayor said in his weekly radio address it would be ridiculous if the Legislature did not approve his plan.

For the full press conference with Bloomberg on the pricing plan, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.Related information:

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