Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s crusade to charge drivers to enter Manhattan died its final death in Albany today, when Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced that there would be no vote on the plan in his legislative chamber.
The federal deadline to pass congestion pricing, and therefore receive $354 million in funding to enact the plan, is midnight tonight.
Silver said that the members of his Democratic conference were not prepared to move forward on the legislation, and lacking that support the bill would not be considered by his house.
“Many of them just don’t believe in the concept,” said Silver. “Many of them think this bill is flawed. So an overwhelming majority of the conference that opposes congestion pricing, and for that reason, the congestion pricing bill did not have anywhere near a majority of the Democratic conference, and will not be on the floor of the Assembly.”