RELEASE: Coalition of 56 Businesses, Organizations, and Elected Officials Standing Up Against New York’s Proposed Congestion Tax

Nov 02, 2022
Press

NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK

NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK — This week, 56 different federal, state, and local leaders, state and local chambers of commerce, transportation and agricultural organizations, and tourism and transportation companies came together to express deep concerns to New York’s Traffic Mobility Review Board and stand up against the proposed Congestion Tax.

New York and the MTA’s Congestion Tax could go into effect as early as 2023 and would cost drivers up to $23 dollars a day — more than $5,000 a year — to drive south of 60th Street.

The coalition of businesses, associations, and elected officials include the following:

U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5)

U.S. Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11)

NJ State Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.

NJ State Senator Joe Lagana

NJ Assemblywoman Lisa Swain

NJ Assemblyman Chris Tully

Bergen County Executive James Tedesco III

Borough of Hillsdale Mayor John J. Ruocco

Borough of Lodi Mayor Scott A. Luna

Borough of Oradell Mayor Dianne Camelo Didio

Borough of River Edge Mayor Thomas Papaleo

Hampton Township Mayor Timothy Dooley

Town of Newton Mayor Jason Schlaffer

Westwood Governing Body Mayor Ray Arroyo 

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce

American Trucking Associations

Trucking Association of New York

Motor Truck Association of Connecticut

New Jersey Motor Truck Association

New York Metropolitan Trucking Association

Greater NJ Motorcoach Association

Limo Association of New York

National Limousine Association

New York State Movers & Warehousemen’s Association

New Jersey Warehousemen & Movers Association

New York State Builders Association

National Waste & Recycling Association

ATA Moving & Storage Conference

New York Farm Bureau

New York State Vegetable Growers Association

Northeast Dairy Producers Association

NFIB New York

NJ Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc.

Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce

Midland Park Chamber of Commerce

Washington Business Improvement District

ABC Bus Company

ABC Empire State Chapter

American Limousine LLC DBA FMA Worldwide

Busie

C.H. Robinson

DavEl BostonCoach

David Thomas Trailways

DeCamp Bus Lines

Europe Limousine Service Inc.

JC Tours Inc.

Klein’s Bus Service, Inc.

Krapf Coaches

Leros Point to Point

London Towncars, Inc.

M&S Parking

Music Express

Panorama Tours, Inc.

Safety Bus Service, Inc.

Stout’s Charter Service. 

“We are a coalition of businesses, associations, and elected officials who are deeply concerned about the Central Business District (CBD) Tolling Program,” the 56 different businesses, associations, and elected officials wrote in a letter this week to New York’s Traffic Mobility Review Board. “We all have different concerns about precisely how our industries and constituents will be affected by the new Congestion Tax, expected to be up to $23 dollars a day for commuters and potentially much higher for commercial traffic. Beyond affecting drivers and the transportation industry, this new toll will increase labor costs for employers and the price of goods and services for residents of the CBD.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.

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