Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is among 27 council members who have announced their support for Mayor de Blasio’s Fair Fix proposal.
The plan would increase taxes on the city’s wealthiest to raise $800 million annually to fix the crumbling subway and bus system. It would also pay for half-fare MetroCards for 800,000 low-income New Yorkers.
“New Yorkers deserve better than a subway system that is in a state of crisis. Albany and the MTA must urgently make the investments in our subway system that New Yorkers desperately need,” Van Bramer said. “That’s why I am joining Mayor de Blasio and calling on Albany to pass the common-sense Fair Fix proposal to modernize our subways and end this daily crisis that harms millions of every day New Yorkers.”
Fair Fix would need to get through Governor Cuomo’s Albany, which seems unlikely considering the governor is pushing congestion pricing, which the mayor opposes. Let’s not forget that the mayor and governor can’t seem to get along, and are in a constant political fight to top one another.
But with 27 supporters from the City Council, Mayor de Blasio’s plan appears to be picking up momentum.
Time will tell which plan will prevail. Either way, New York City commuters are just hoping that a solution comes soon.