zone may not go into effect next January, after all.
on Thursday confirmed that the congestion pricing plan approved in #Albany
last year needs federal sign off before it can begin.
"I am not holding my breath for them to approve congestion pricing," the governor said at a news conference.
The problem is Cuomo and @realdonaldtrump
have been at odds over a number of issues lately, including funding for the Gateway rail tunnel connecting #NewYork
, and the Trump administration's cancelling of "trusted traveler" programs like #GlobalEntry
for New Yorkers.
The latter dispute stems from New York passing the Green Light law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Green Light blocks the federal Department of Homeland Security from obtaining information through the state's DMV database.
"Will they hold approval on congestion pricing hostage? Yes. Will they hold the air train approval at LaGuardia Airport hostage? Yes. Will they hold the Gateway Tunnels hostage? Yes. Because that is how they do business," Cuomo said.
Congestion pricing would charge drivers a fee to enter #Manhattan
below 60th Street. It was set to take effect in January of 2021, but without federal approval it may not happen at all, or could certainly be delayed.
The federal government can require an environmental review before allowing congestion pricing to begin. But it must also approve the plan in the first place. And so far it has not given the state any guidance on how to start that process.
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