Governor Hochul: “Circumstances have changed and we must respond to the facts on the ground — not from the rhetoric from five years ago. So, after careful consideration, I have come to the difficult decision that implementing the planned congestion pricing system risks too many unintended consequences for New Yorkers at this time. For that reason, I have directed the MTA to indefinitely pause the program.”

Hochul: “Let’s be real: a $15 charge may not mean a lot to someone who has the means, but it can break the budget of a working- or middle-class household. It puts the squeeze on the very people who make this City go: the teachers, first responders, small business workers, bodega owners. And given these financial pressures, I cannot add another burden to working- and middle-class New Yorkers – or create another obstacle to continued recovery.”

Hochul: “We remain fully committed to advancing all the improvements that New Yorkers have been promised. That includes immediate investments in reliability and accessibility: track repairs, new signals, adding more elevators at subway and commuter stations. It means security cameras and other technologies to improve safety for riders throughout the system. And it means moving forward with transformative projects, like the extension of the Second Avenue Subway and the Interborough Express.”

“Since its inception, I saw the congestion pricing scheme for exactly what it was – another tax on New Yorkers. My Republican colleagues and I have attempted several times to repeal this disastrous tax, but each time we were rejected by our colleagues in the Democratic Majority who supported this tax from the beginning.
Today’s announcement is a victory for hard working New Yorkers who simply cannot afford another tax. However, it’s disappointing that Governor Hochul’s decision was made not with overburdened New Yorkers in mind, but rather for political convenience to protect vulnerable Democratic candidates in an election year.
Congestion pricing should not just be delayed – it must be repealed. I call on the Senate Democratic Majority to pass legislation, which I’m proud to co-sponsor, to repeal congestion pricing once and for all.”


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