BP Fossella Announces Intention To File Lawsuit Against MTA To Stop Congestion Pricing, “Anti-Driving Tax”


BP Fossella Announces Staten Island is Laying Foundation for Lawsuit Against MTA over Congestion Pricing

This is an effort ‘to defeat congestion pricing in court one way, or another’

Staten Island, NY – Borough President Vito Fossella announced that Staten Island is laying the foundation for a lawsuit against the MTA over congestion pricing, on the heels of a federal lawsuit filed by New Jersey, at a press conference on the South Beach Boardwalk (near The Vanderbilt) on Sunday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m.

He spoke directly with Randy Mastro, the attorney who filed the New Jersey lawsuit on behalf of Governor Phil Murphy, and will state his support for the New Jersey case and outline preparations for a new legal challenge, in the event the New Jersey case does not prevail.

Borough President Fossella will be reaching out to other elected officials and parties throughout the New York City and tri-state area to organize efforts to “defeat congestion pricing in court, one way or another.”

In addition, Borough President Fossella will challenge the Federal Highway Administration’s finding of “no significant impact” in its environmental assessment, as traffic will undoubtedly increase on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, the Staten Island Expressway, and by extension, local roads.

Borough President Fossella will urge all decision-makers and citizens to start calling “congestion pricing” what it really is — “an anti-driving tax.”

Note: Congestion pricing was expected to roll out in the coming months, and was expected to add a daily cost of $23 for drivers entering specific parts of Manhattan, in an effort to decrease congestion and pollution. Most politicians feel this would have a devastating impact on our economy, including Rep. Malliotakis and Senator Lanza.

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The Office of the Borough President has a responsibility to advocate for the entire Borough of Staten Island and all its residents, and represents the Borough's interests within City government. The Borough President communicates directly with the Mayor and the City Council to emphasize Staten Island’s budget priorities. In addition, the Borough President is responsible for reviewing major land use decisions and proposing sites for city facilities within the Borough. As the chair of the Borough Board, the Borough President leads Staten Island’s City Council delegation and Community Board chairs in the process of reviewing and approving the transfer of public properties to private use. The Borough President’s Office houses the Borough's Topographical Bureau, which maintains the borough’s official maps and assigns street addresses. The Borough President monitors the delivery of city services on Staten Island, and acts as a liaison between residents and city agencies when problems arise to devise solutions. The Borough President is also responsible for appointing one member to the Panel for Educational Policy and one member to the City Planning Commission, as well as some 150 members to Staten Island’s three community boards.


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