Several elected officials scheduled a press conference at Tramway Plaza on Sunday afternoon to voice their opposition to the governor’s congestion pricing plan, which according to new reports has the necessary votes to pass the Assembly. Sources also told several outlets that the support is there in the State Senate, too.
In other words, it’s looking increasingly like drivers will have to pay a fee to enter Manhattan in a vehicle.
As for the press conference, transit advocacy groups that support the proposal got wind of the event and decided to crash the party. As about 12 elected officials and their supporters tried to talk, a group of over 20 counter-protestors drowned them out with chants and jeers.
According to our source, things got heated, with at least one legislative aide shouting expletives at a congestion pricing supporter.
But among the impressive groups that gathered on Sunday, some absences were just as notable. Several elected officials who were supposed to join the press conference, according to the pre-event media advisory, never made it to the party.
We guess they heard that congestion pricing supporters were planning their own demonstration and decided it was best to stay away. But they won’t be able to hide if the plan comes up for a vote before the April 1st deadline for the legislature and governor to agree on a budget.