Transportation Expert to Albany: What Are You Smoking?

Baruch College last night hosted a panel discussion about how to pay for mass transit in New York, addressing, among other things, whether or not to toll the East River bridges which is a rather timely issue.

The highlight, I think, came nine-and-a-half minutes into the event, when Peter Goldmark, a former head of the Port Authority and member of the Ravitch Commission, which recommended tolling the East River Bridges, criticized state lawmakers for their alternative plans to fund the M.T.A.

“I have never seen so much squirming, squawking and squealing in my life,” Goldmark said, before referring to one of the alternative plans as “cockamamie.”

“There was one plan that recommended the pension system borough money and then lend it to the M.T.A. Are these people smoking something?” Goldmark asked.

Transportation Expert to Albany: What Are You Smoking?