Congestion Commission “Close” in Albany

Legislative leaders are “close” to an agreement on congestion pricing, with talks of creating a commission that would help iron out logistical issues while providing the supporters with some assurance that the plans are going forward in time to qualify for about $500 million in federal funds.

That’s according to gubernatorial spokesman Darren Dopp, who was addressing reporters who, like me, missed Eliot Spitzer’s impromptu availability on the second floor of the capitol just now.

Dopp said congestion pricing was one of the major logjams slowing down negotiations on a host of other issues pressing lawmakers right now, including campaign finance reform.

When asked if Spitzer made any comments about Michael Bloomberg’s change in party registration, Dopp said no. (He said that it was because I wasn’t there. I’m pretty sure he was kidding.)