Gridlock on M.T.A. Bailout; Silver ‘Believes’ It Will Pass, Eventually

ALBANY—A plan to raise revenue from East River bridge tolls and a region-wide payroll tax for the beleaguered M.T.A will not pass the state legislature this week.
Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat of Upper Manhattan the Bronx said he didn’t believe there would be a vote in his chamber this week. When asked during a press conference about loosening the Rockefeller Drug Laws, Speaker Sheldon Silver said, “I think that we will get there, it may take a little longer than we ultimately anticipated.”
Espaillat has rounded up 23 members to sign a letter that opposes Silver’s plan to put $2 tolls on bridges over the East and Harlem rivers.

Gridlock on M.T.A. Bailout; Silver ‘Believes’ It Will Pass, Eventually