The Bloomberg Congestion Testimony [Updated]

bloomberg at hearing The Bloomberg Congestion Testimony [Updated]Here’s the mayor, among friends, getting set to testify today in midtown at an Assembly hearing about congestion pricing.

He’s arguing that in addition to the potential benefits to the city, there’s very little downside to trying it out as a pilot program.

“The worse case scenario is we walk away with the federal money,” Bloomberg said.

Later, he addressed the issue of a potential threat to civil liberties, which Assemblyman Richard Brodsky raised yesterday in the context of the Bush administration’s security-related surveillance programs.

Bloomberg said such concerns “aren’t terribly realistic.”

UPDATE: Also, on the same subject, this:

“If George Bush came up with motherhood and apple pie, people would be against it.”