2008-03-28 / Editorial/Opinion

Government Trust Factor Dropping Like A Stone

Our old governor resigns under a cloud because of a serial need for prostitutes. Our new governor admits to multiple affairs and the use of cocaine. Our Senate Majority Leader is under investigation for sending lots of money to a Connecticut firm that employees his wife. Our Assembly Speaker is under investigation for the work he does for a major law firm and for placing one of the senior partners of that firm on a committee that picks judges. Our Senate Minority Leader has admitted to having a child out of wedlock. Who can you trust? Certainly not the politicians. Which brings us to Mayor Bloomberg's Congestion Pricing Plan. The only wrongdoing that Bloomberg has been accused of during his tenure is "nannyism." Has he, however, lied to push through his agenda? Three weeks ago, when the MTA raised fares, it trumpeted the fact that the increased fares would bring improved services. This week, the MTA reneged on its promises. Agency officials announced that the decrease in revenues have given a red light to the promised improvements. That didn't take long. Listen to Bloomberg push his new pricing plan, which would charge motorists coming into lower Manhattan an $8 fee. The mayor says that the money coming from the pricing plan would allow major improvements in mass transit, and particularly in the MTA. Where have we heard that before? The majority of outer borough residents oppose the mayor's plan unless it promises improved mass transportation. The mayor says it will, but the reality is that it probably will not. How often are we going to listen to the Mayor's promises and allow him to get his way, only to find out that his promises are illusionary? Will we let the middle class motorists from the outer boroughs get hit with a regressive tax just to please the mayor's elitist Manhattan friends? We will soon find out, because both the City Council and the state legislature have to vet his plan. We hope they do not.

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