Keep it coming, Corey: The new Council speaker’s promising start

Keep it coming, Corey: The new Council speaker's promising start

Within the job barely every week, new Metropolis Council Speaker Corey Johnson has taken some large steps in the precise path, breaking with wrongheaded insurance policies of each Mayor de Blasio and departed Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

In distinction with de Blasio, Johnson fairly accurately thinks that town, because the proprietor of the all-important subways, needs to be “placing up a major amount of cash” to pay for rehab of the trains. Gov. Cuomo says the TA wants $800 million now and that the state and metropolis ought to go halfsies. De Blasio piggishly received’t ante up a cent.

In one other sensible 180 from de Blasio’s obstinacy, Johnson properly backs congestion pricing to toll the East River bridges and plow the income into transit. Drivers, who trigger visitors jams and air pollution and who’ve increased incomes than riders, ought to chip in. Cuomo is quickly resulting from current the small print of his congestion pricing plan; help from the speaker ought to assist persuade legislators.

Johnson additionally says he desires to reform the customarily infuriating means the 51-member Council works.

Underneath Mark-Viverito, particular person members had an absolute veto over land use points of their districts. That held tasks of citywide significance hostage to parochial issues.

Johnson rightly desires to restrict a member’s energy to kill a deal. After all a member’s view needs to be weighed and regarded, however no district is an island, even when, aside from the Bronx, all districts are on islands.

It’s additionally sensible of Johnson to finish secret bill-drafting that retains members unable to pursue laws as a result of a colleague requested it earlier. And that data is wrongly saved underneath wraps, maintaining the general public at nighttime concerning the workings of their authorities.