Friday, April 11, 2008

Congestion Pricing - Who To Thank

Quick thanks to Melinda Katz and Andrew Hevesi who both had the onions to speak out against Bloomberg in the face of heavy pressure and turning down significant help down the road for future ambitions. From the last week's NY Times (before the downfall of the plan):

Although the administration and the Council’s leadership were able to gain support with promises of programs, projects and political aid in upcoming campaigns — as well as threats of taking those things away — opposition remained strong.

Everyone knows that Bloomberg has a history of buying votes - and Katz really could have taken the easy way out and taken the Mayor's $$$$$. But she didn't and she deserves a lot of credit.

By the way, the name the baby contest is just a silly gag and anyone who's had a kid knows it's perfectly fine to have fun with names during the incredibly stressful last few months. Sorry to those who don't get the joke - but it's not making fun of anyone. Especially Katz who deserves a huge thanks this week.