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Far-Left New York Governor Delays Start of Radical Progressive Plan for New York City

In a surprising reversal, New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul has reportedly announced an indefinite delay on the new and controversial congestion pricing plan for drivers accessing Manhattan’s central business district.

This decision was made in response to concerns that it could impact the Democrats’ election prospects as well as further damage the economy of New York City.

Hochul announced on Wednesday that she had instructed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to postpone the commencement of the new toll until after June 30.

The congestion pricing proposal of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) would impose a minimum charge of $15 on drivers who enter Midtown Manhattan south of 60th Street.

The rush hour fare would be charged to drivers for nearly the entire day, with weekdays spanning from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cars would be assessed $3.75 for the remaining hours.

The toll is intended to alleviate congestion during Manhattan’s prime hours. The toll is expected to generate approximately $1 billion, which will be allocated to the enhancement of transit systems, commuter railroads, and subways.

Hochul is also reportedly apprehensive about the potential impact of the costly toll on local Democrats who are currently facing challenging electoral campaigns in House contests in the suburbs of New York City.

The toll has already been the subject of Republican attacks on Democrats.

Furthermore, the congestion pricing scheme has been the subject of numerous lawsuits.

The concept of imposing new, exorbitant fees on vehicles has been the subject of criticism from critics, particularly conservatives, for months.

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