Statement From NYS Conservative Party 6/5/24

Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
June 5, 2024

Statement on Congestion Pricing Halt by
New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

“This is a major victory for New Yorkers by New Yorkers, and a reminder that persistent opposition has consequences, too.

“Governor Hochul’s halting of the congestion pricing tax is an admission of what opponents have been saying all along: the tax would have been unfair, regressive, and economically counterproductive. It should never see the light of day again.

“Governor Hochul should now focus on a massive overhaul of the MTA’s leadership. An agency that loses more than $700 million annually in lost fares and tolls, and which spends seven times more to lay a mile of track than the second most expensive city in the world, needs a top-to-bottom audit. It spent more than $1.4 billion in overtime costs alone last year.

“The Conservative Party has stood firmly against this tax from the very beginning. We are proud to have been a leader in this historic citizen-driven battle. Tenacity pays off.”