The Tom Suozzi campaign
Suozzi: I toll you I'm against LIE charge
BY CELESTE KATZ
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tom Suozzi says he's dead against tolls on the Long Island Expressway - but he still won't rule out the possibility of somehow charging drivers to use the traffic-plagued road.
The Nassau County executive and long shot competitor for the Democratic nomination for governor dropped jaws earlier this month when he raised the specter of charging people to use the LIE at peak times.
"I'm here today to make it clear that I have not completely lost touch with reality. I am opposed to tolls on the Long Island Expressway," Suozzi said yesterday at a Long Island damage-control news conference.
He also said he has formed a committee of traffic-savvy volunteers - including Daily News columnist Sam (Gridlock Sam) Schwartz - to come up with a fix for LIE congestion.
Some noted that congestion pricing, where motorists are charged more money to drive during peak periods, has reduced traffic in other cities. Another possibility raised - though not by Suozzi - was a HOT (high-occupancy toll) lane on the LIE, where drivers could pay to access a dedicated high-speed lane.
Charging to use the LIE? Dumber than trying to charge to enter Midtown. Did he forget how popular Spitzer is?
posted by Steve @ 12:08:00 AM