Does New York City Have Authority to Impose Tolls?

WNYC reports, “Mayor Michael Bloomberg fought hard to implement so-called congestion pricing, only to see a bill fail to even get to the floor in Albany. But now, experts with the transit advocacy group Move NY believe they’ve found a legal loophole that allows the city to implement tolls on East River Bridges — without state approval.” New York City DOT denies that the city has the legal authority to impose tolls, and, as the report notes, “Mayor de Blasio has said congestion pricing is ‘not part of my vision.’” NY City Council will debate ways to reduce congestion at a hearing today.