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Some Nassau County lawmakers call congestion pricing plan an attack on the suburbs

Nassau County officials speak out against congestion pricing
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MINEOLA, N.Y. -- Nassau County leaders spoke out Thursday against the MTA's congestion pricing plan, a day after more details were released.

From county offices in Mineola, lawmakers called the plan an attack on the suburbs.

Under the proposal, drivers would pay an extra $9 to $23 when entering Manhattan's Central Business District south of 60th Street.

Lawmakers say it's unfair for residents to pay extra just to go to work, medical appointments, or to enjoy a day in the city.

"Congestion pricing is nothing more than simply another tax on hard-working residents of suburbia, and this is another step for our residents out the door," Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads said.

READ MOREMTA's congestion pricing proposal prompting strong reaction in the the suburbs

The MTA congestion pricing will reduce traffic and pollution while improving mass transit, and insists that the benefits greatly outweigh the costs.

The agency has six public hearings on the topic this month. CLICK HERE for more information.

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