For Immediate Release
October 27, 2010
Contact Mark Dunlea 518 860-3725
High priority for the Greens on economic, environmental, and justice grounds.
Unlike the plan put forward by Andrew Cuomo that transportation advocates recently called "dangerous," Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins has a clear plan for democratizing the MTA Board as well as providing a sustainable revenue stream for both capital projects and operations.
"Raising subway and commuter train fares hurts riders, workers and the environment," said Hawkins. "I am the only candidate in the race to support the Kheel/Komanoff congestion pricing plan which will raise $1.5 billion a year for the MTA while reducing or eliminating fares and increasing ridership."
The Green Party spoke today at the Transportation Alternatives'sRiders Rebellion Rally in Union Square, NYC against the pending MTA fare hike. The Greens were represented by Mark Dunlea, Senior Campaign Advisor to Mr. Hawkins.
Mr. Hawkinshas repeatedly spokenagainst the MTA's vote to raise fares on NYC Subways and metro train lines and said he would seek to rescind them if elected Governor. Hawkins said that the solutions include:
- Fair taxation: Stop rebating the $16 billion Stock Transfer Tax and restore a more progressive state income tax like we had in the 1970s, which would cut rates for 95 percent of New Yorkers while raising $8 billion more a year.
- Democratizing Transportation Boards: We need elected boards, not the appointed boards. A board composed two-thirds of publicly elected members and one-third elected by the workers of the transportation district would best represent the public interest and the expertise and interests of the workers who run the system. Appointed boards allow these public agencies to be used to feather nests of powerful corporate interests and their political representatives in government whose campaigns they finance.
We also need increased, long-term dedicated transit funding from the federal government from gasoline and carbon taxes," said Hawkins. "In the immediate future, I support theMTA Stimulus bill (S7433/A10345) which directs the MTA to use a small portion of $1.3 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus grants for capital projects."
New York City's transit riders are tired of fare hikes and service cuts," concluded Mr. Hawkins. "It's time to vote for candidates who have the independence and integrity to do what's needed to end the public transit crisis. Vote Green Party on Row F.
For more information about Howie Hawkins and his policies, please visit howiehawkins.com.