With Traffic and Transit in Crisis, City Must Take Charge
We don’t need Albany’s permission to enact tolls
By Roderick Hills, Eric Lane and Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr.
Crain’s New York Business
July 6, 2017
At a City Council hearing last month, city officials insisted that the council cannot toll roads and bridges without permission from Albany. “Many attorneys have looked at this issue, and they’ve concluded that the city doesn’t have the legal authority to do this on our own,” said Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed that view later in the day.
We believe City Hall is mistaken — both on the merits and because city officials have offered no evidence to substantiate this claim.
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