Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, a likely candidate for mayor in 2013, kept pushing for his commuter tax proposal this weekend by writing a column for New Jersey’s Star-Ledger newspaper on the issue.
“We still rely on just two rail tunnels to connect New Jersey to Manhattan,” he wrote. “This is an unsustainable path for our entire region. That’s why I’ve proposed a broad-based plan to repair our regional transportation network — a plan that, yes, includes restoration of a commuter tax that New Jersey residents, who worked in New York City, paid for 30 years prior to 1999.”
Veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel, drawn into a Latino-majority seat and facing a strong challenge from State Senator Adriano Espaillat, discussed his campaign on Gerson Borrero’s daily radio show this morning, speaking in English as Mr. Borrero translated into Spanish. Mr. Rangel’s campaign in the past has stressed their support among Puerto Rican elected officials (Mr. Espaillat is Dominican), and today’s show represents continuing outreach on their part to the community.
“I have been a friend of Puerto Rico and I’ve looked out for Puerto Rico, but I’ve been a friend of the United States of America and Puerto Rico has been looked down upon as a second-class citizen,” Mr. Rangel said at one point of the interview, emphasizing that the island isn’t a separate country.