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Congestion Pricing Supporters Crash Opposition Press Conference

March 25, 2019 - 8:31 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mass transit advocates crashed an East Side news conference Sunday held by elected officials opposed to congestion pricing.

One of the advocates got into a shouting match with a staffer before the event even began.

Queens Assemblymember David Weprin appeared to be taken aback by the demonstration, “We all agree there are problems with the MTA. What they should be shouting, what we should be shouting is fix MTA, fix MTA.”

The lawmakers complained that the governor’s plan has no specifics.

They want to see a restructuring of the MTA before their constituents are asked to pay for driving into Midtown.

The Daily News said the frustrated lawmakers left the heated press conference quickly in cars that appeared to be parked illegally.

Queens Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, an opponenent, complained, “We’re not going to tax the millionaires. Instead we’re going to tax working class people.”

Transportation Alternatives’ Tom Devito countered, “What I do see are out of touch politicians who refuse to take responsibility for their inaction over 10 years. They’re misinformed in the best case scenario, or they’re actively misleading people in the worst case scenario.”

The budget deadline to have the plan in place is April 1.