Yonkers City Council passes resolution against NYC's congestion pricing plan

The resolution, sponsored by Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Tasha Diaz, argues the plan would "significantly burden Yonkers residents particularly those who commute daily to lower Manhattan.

Jonathan Gordon

Sep 13, 2023, 12:00 AM

Updated 250 days ago

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The Yonkers City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday evening calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Federal Highway Administration to halt the newly approved congestion pricing.
"I'm ready to fight to get that for my constituents," said City Council Majority Leader Tasha Diaz.
The resolution, sponsored by Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Tasha Diaz, argues the plan would "significantly burden Yonkers residents particularly those who commute daily to lower Manhattan. "When you take out that money from what they give you you find out you're not making anything," said Godwin Beale.
Yonkers taxi driver Godwin Beale said he's worried about how the additional tolls might impact his business. He said he gets requests to do one to two drives from Yonkers into Manhattan a day.
The City Council is calling on the MTA Traffic Mobility Board to carve out an exemption for Yonkers residents similar to what New Jersey is asking for.
The legislation notes the council is prepared to take legal action. MTA spokesperson Aaron Donovan told News 12 in a statement, "Central Business District Tolling will reduce traffic in what is today the most congested city in the United States -- speeding up buses and allowing ambulances and police and fire vehicles to respond to emergencies more quickly. It will improve regional air quality and make for safer streets. It will fund $15 billion to improve public transportation throughout the region, including for residents of Yonkers and all of Westchester. For example, it will provide funding for new Metro-North rail cars to replace the old blue-striped “M3” cars from the 1980s, and for critical repairs to ensure the continuing safety and reliability of the Park Avenue Viaduct used by all Metro-North trains to Grand Central.”


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