Mayor de Blasio ripped Sen. Jeff Klein, the chief of the breakaway Impartial Democratic Convention, on Friday — calling his proposal to fund the MTA with metropolis earnings taxes and pace digicam revenues “ridiculous.”
Klein, whose group caucuses with Republicans to regulate the Senate, had known as for the state to divert $431.5 million in metropolis gross sales tax income to cowl half of an MTA turnaround plan that de Blasio has insisted is the state’s duty.
Klein additionally proposed increasing using pace cameras and utilizing the income to carry subway and bus fares flat, reduce categorical bus costs and fund MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers — a part that appeared to significantly outrage Hizzoner.
“I feel that is a ridiculous concept,” he mentioned on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Present. “Suggesting that the pace cameras are about income is the improper strategy. Velocity cameras aren’t about income. We’d like to make no income on the pace cameras and we might like to see folks not dashing.”
He insisted using pace cameras ought to be tied to security, not funding any companies.
“If Sen. Klein is saying he will struggle for extra pace cameras for us in Albany to guard children, that is nice, however do not hyperlink it to the MTA situation,” he fumed.
And he ripped the concept of diverting town’s tax income, saying the money ought to go to issues like colleges, cops and sanitation companies.
“That is ridiculous,” he mentioned. “That is placing a further burden on New York Metropolis that is not truthful.”
Klein blasted the mayor proper again — saying de Blasio owed all of his accomplishments to the IDC chief.
“To jog the mayor’s reminiscence his solely two actual accomplishments, pace cameras and Common Pre-Okay, have been achieved due to my management and skill to get state funding for town,” Klein mentioned in a press release. “I’m absolutely conscious that pace cameras save lives, however I additionally need to obtain parity for low-income MTA riders and each rider within the metropolis.”
Certainly, issues weren’t at all times so frosty between the 2 males — Klein did assist marshal help for pre-Okay in Albany, and as just lately as Could, de Blasio heaped reward on Klein throughout a joint look when Metropolis Corridor in Your Borough got here to the Bronx.
However in latest months, because the tide in progressive politics has continued to show in opposition to the IDC, the mayor has been more and more crucial — and more and more vocal in calling for the group to come back again into the Democratic fold.
On Friday, that’s what he mentioned Klein might do to greatest assist repair the MTA — by pushing for both a millionaire’s tax or for the state to return $456 million it raided from the MTA for the overall fund.