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First Hearing on Congestion Pricing Plan

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The first in a series of public hearings on Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal took place last night, on Long Island.

REPORTER: Some opponents believe the plan to charge drivers entering certain parts of Manhattan is an end run around tolls on the East River bridges.

Bert Donley is with the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.

DONLEY: This is, like Russell Baker said 20 years ago, New York is becoming a place for 3 classes of people - the very very rich, the very very poor and the police to keep them apart. And this is one more thing to make the city unattractive to the suburbs.

REPORTER: One supporter, however, said less traffic on the streets would make her trips into the city more efficient. Jodi Finkel said the plan could help fund the Long Island Rail Road. The next hearing is tonight, at Hunter College in Manhattan.

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