Gaming Out the Congestion Pricing Vote

On March 8, The New York Times published a survey of where some of the City Council’s 51 members stood on congestion pricing. At the time, 20 were against, 12 were for, and 19 were either undecided or did not respond to the survey.

More recently, Lew Fidler, an opponent of the measure, estimated that there were 29 members who will vote against it, but he also expressed concern over the pressure Michael Bloomberg has been applying. Does Christine Quinn, who favors congestion pricing and who called the vote for 3:30 today, know something he doesn’t?

UPDATE: One of the undeclared members, Miguel Martinez, just told me he’ll be voting in favor of congestion pricing. I asked another undeclared member, Jessica Lappin, who was walking into the members lounge just now, how she will vote. “You’ll just have to wait and see,” she said.

UPDATE TWO: Mathieu Eugene just walked into City Hall and told me he is likely voting against it. He likes the plan but is against the financial burden it imposes.

Erik Dilan, who was also previously undeclared, is voting “no.”

UPDATE THREE: A reporter who spoke to Alan Gerson on the record tells me he is voting “yes,” although he had previously answered “no” to the New York Times survey. According to my sources, Mike McMahon of Staten Island is also switching from a “no” to a “yes” vote, while his likely opponent in the Staten Island borough president race, Jimmy Oddo, is voting against.

Gaming Out the Congestion Pricing Vote