Constituents Make Voices Heard: Congestion Pricing Supported

April 1, 2008

Almost 1,500 constituents in the 90th Assembly district responded to a questionnaire in January and February, conveying their views to Assemblywoman Sandy Galef regarding issues being discussed in the state legislature.

Among these questions was the subject of congestion pricing. When asked “Should we encourage commuters to take public transportation into New York City with a congestion-pricing plan in order to reduce pollution and traffic?”, the response was very positive in favor of the plan. A total of 72% of the responses to the question answered in the affirmative.

The following responses were also from Galef’s newsletter, which was sent to all constituents in the district, which includes the Westchester towns of Ossining and Cortlandt and the City of Peekskill, and the Putnam County towns of Philipstown, Putnam Valley, and Kent:

  • 73% said they would like to see the minimum age for a driver’s license raised to 17 instead of 16.
  • 73% believe drivers should be retested when they become 80 years old.
  • 90% said we should not sell state roads, bridges, tunnels, or other public infrastructures to private sectors.
  • 80% said hospitals and physicians should be required to electronically maintain and make available to patients their vital health care information.
  • 68% said that all employees should not be required to contribute to a fund so they can get paid family leave.
  • 64% believe that a student’s body mass index should not be included on school report cards to inform parents about a potential childhood obesity problem.
  • 60% said plastic grocery bags should be banned from supermarkets and other large stores.
  • 69% said fines should be levied for those who do not recycle.
  • 61% thought candidates should not be prohibited from running on more than one political party line.

Respondents also wrote comments on other issues, including the cost of prescription medication, controlling illegal immigration, lowering school taxes, consolidation of local governments, tighter enforcement of cell phone laws while driving, more parking lots at railroad stations, protection of state parks and open land, renewable energy, and unemployment insurance.

Galef concluded, “I thank those who conveyed their views to me through this questionnaire. I will certainly continue to review these ideas and work towards change.”