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Congressman Mike Lawler Blasts Hochul's Blatant Election-Year Congestion Pricing Stunt

Today, Congressman Mike Lawler released the following statement after it was reported that Governor Kathy Hochul was examining a pause or delay to congestion pricing. Instead, it appears the Governor is examining a new tax on New York City businesses to make up for lost revenue from congestion pricing, showing that this was never about congestion, but rather always about more money for the MTA.

“Almost five months to the day before Election Day, Governor Hochul has suddenly realized how bad congestion pricing is polling in the suburbs and in New York City,” said Congressman Lawler (NY-17). “This cynical decision to ‘pause’ or ‘delay’ rather than cancel congestion pricing is nothing more than an election-year stunt. As I have said from the start — congestion pricing needs to be ended, not simply delayed.”

“Coming on the heels of Governor Hochul praising President Biden for scrambling to reinstate executive actions to secure the border that he foolishly rolled back almost 41 months ago, this vapid announcement by the Governor is yet another political ploy,” concluded Congressman Lawler (NY-17). “For the Governor to pump the brakes on congestion pricing now, while examining a new tax on businesses, shows that this was never about congestion, but rather it was always a money grab to shovel more taxpayer dollars into the endless pit that is the MTA’s constant waste, and corruption.”

Congressman Lawler is one of the most bipartisan members of the 118th Congress and represents New York's 17th Congressional District, which is just north of New York City and contains all or parts of Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, and Westchester Counties.