Earlier today Bob Turner’s campaign hit David Weprin for supporting congestion pricing, saying that it was contrary to Weprin’s efforts to boost small businesses.
There is one problem though, says Weprin and his allies: He never supported congestion pricing.
The Weprin campaign has passed along a statement Weprin made while in the Assembly in which he says “another foray into congestion pricing would be not only bad policy, but a waste of time politically. It is true that there are severe transportation problems facing New York City, but these problems have been years in the making, and instituting a tax on people attempting to drive into work isn’t going to solve it.”
They also note that he told 1010 WINS, “This is the kind of proposal that pits one borough against another because it discriminates against the boroughs outside of Manhattan. Now is not the time to divide us. We’re still in a fiscal crisis.”
Weprin was also against congestion pricing when he was in the City Council, and the campaign passes along a statement from one of the measure’s fiercest opponents, City Councilman Lew Fidler, to boot:
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