Staten Island Elected Officials Release Statistics Showing Congestion Pricing Will Negatively Affect Low Income Communities Here While Benefiting Wealthy Manhattan Neighborhoods

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BP Fossella, Councilmember Hanks, Congresswoman Malliotakis and Other Electeds to Release Statistics Showing Congestion Pricing Will Hurt Staten Island Lower-Income Neighborhoods While Benefiting Manhattan Wealthy Neighborhoods

Editor’s note: The current lawsuit against Congestion Pricing focuses on how this plan shifts pollution to Staten Island; it doesn’t actually eliminate it. This newest announcement is the latest information to emerge regarding this plan, which, if allowed to take effect, is likely to have devastating, potentially irreversible, consequences. 

Staten Island, NY – Borough President Vito Fossella, Councilmember Kamillah Hanks, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis and other fellow elected officials released statistics showing that congestion pricing provides benefits to wealthy neighborhoods in Manhattan at the expense of the health and well-being of lower-income minority neighborhoods on Staten Island. The Borough President and Councilmember made this announcement at a press conference on Thursday, March 14th at 3:15 PM at Borough Hall.

 

The most significant increases in air pollution will take place across Staten Island’s North Shore, from Mariner’s Harbor to St. George; these are neighborhoods which already experience high rates of asthma and asthma-related hospitalizations among adults and youth.


 

At this press conference, the Borough President, Councilmember, Congresswoman and fellow elected officials presented statistics clearly demonstrating that congestion pricing offers advantages to wealthy communities in Manhattan at the expense of the health and well-being of low-income minority communities in the North Shore of Staten Island.

Banner Image: City traffic in a lightning storm. Image Credit – Nick_H


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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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