As part of the deal to advance congestion pricing (and nab the $354 million the feds are offering), the city and state have announced their appointees to a panel to, ur, study congestion pricing and develop a recommendation. The Mayor, Governor, City Council, State Senate Majority Leader, and State Assembly Speaker each get to select three appointees, while the Senate minority leader and Assembly minority leader each select one.
Mayor Bloomberg said, "Today we are continuing to move forward and work with our partners in State government and in the Council to relieve congestion in New York City. Together, we’ll reduce traffic, improve New Yorkers’ health and strengthen the City’s economy.”
Here are the picks:
From Mayor Bloomberg
Straphangers Campaign attorney Gene Russianoff, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn, and civil rights attorney Elizabeth Yeampierre
From Governor Spitzer:
Extell EVP (and former Bloomberg deputy mayor) Marc Shaw, Port Authority executive director Anthony Shorris, and MTA executive director Lee Sander
From Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver:
Assemlyman Herman Farrell; Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky
From Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno:
New York City Central Labor Council president Gary La-Barbera; SUNY chairman, Thomas Egan, Nassau County Council Chamber of Commerce head Richard Bivone
From City Council Speaker Christine Quinn:
Partnership for NYC president Kathryn Wylde, Drum Major Institute executive director Andrea Batista Schlesinger, and Reverend Edwin Reed.
From the Assembly's Republican minority:
Environmental Defense regional director Andy Darrell
From the Senate's Democratic minority:
Arverne By the Sea project director Gerard Romski
The Sun says that most of the members support Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing goals, though one extremely vocal opponent is Assemblyman Brodsky of Westchester. The NY Times spoke to Spitzer appointee Shaw, who was named the head of the commission and expressed support for congestion pricing, "The role that I think I’m being asked to do is to figure out how to use the commission to end up with a process where you deal with all the issues that people have out there to get to a solution that works for everybody."
But the panel may have gotten off to a bad start: Staten Island politicians are upset that there were no appointees who lives or represent the borough. City Councilman James Oddo said, "Can you imagine Manhattan not being represented? Can you imagine the [former Mayor Rudolph] Giuliani administration creating a 17-member commission of whatever that didn't include a Staten Islander?"
You can read biographies of the New York City Traffic Mitigation Congestion Commission members here.