Two of the region’s papers laid out their Albany 2016 agendas in New Year’s weekend editorials. Both led with ethics reform, but the similarities ended there. One paper boldly called on the legislature to “adopt some version of the innovative Move NY tolling-and-congestion pricing plan.” The other was silent on transit and traffic, even as it spurred Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “lead on climate change.”
The Move NY endorser was — drumroll — Newsday. Its editorial, Here’s what we want from Albany in 2016, was the Long Island paper’s third effusive endorsement of the Move NY plan in two years:
Adopt some version of the innovative Move NY tolling-and-congestion pricing plan that would toll East River bridges, reduce tolls on other bridges, and charge people to drive into midtown Manhattan. It would reduce congestion, get more people to take public transit, and provide $1.5 billion per year for badly-needed transportation infrastructure.
Newsday’s number one transit priority is the LIRR’s long-sought third track between Queens Village and Hicksville to allow expanded local and reverse-peak service in Nassau and Suffolk counties once East Side Access is completed. But the paper left no doubt that it gets the importance of the Move NY plan’s promised congestion reduction and transit funding for the entire region.
The other paper, the one giving Cuomo a pass on transportation pricing and infrastructure, was the Times. Rather than spell out traffic and transit solutions, the editorial, Mr. Cuomo’s Challenges: The Short List, offered only lofty sentiments on climate change: