Silver Said He’s Likely to Support Congestion Pricing

040408 silver web Silver Said Hes Likely to Support Congestion PricingFrom Downtown Express:

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told Downtown Express Wednesday he is likely to support congestion pricing, but the Albany power broker also said passage is still in doubt.

Silver said he is hoping to make changes to the mayor’s plan to charge drivers $8 to enter Manhattan south of 60th St. weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Even in the current version, though, Silver said “Personally, I probably would [vote for it], but as it stands right now I’d be in the minority.”

Silver has been resistant to congestion pricing, most likely because it has weak support in the Assembly overall. According to the article, it is supported by his primary challenger, who says it will benefit the district with better air quality and transportation.