08 April 2008

Secrecy and Democracy do not mix

Letter to New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on his back-room tactics to stall NYC Mayor Bloomberg's proposal for congestion pricing in lower Manhattan:


Mr. Silver:

Your refusal to bring Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan to the Assembly floor so that New York's lawmakers are forced to make a vote for or against the proposal rather than hiding behind claims of "strong opposition" is unconscionable. These are our elected representatives and our legal process must be transparent, not hidden in closed meetings whose outcome is left unreported.

I am outraged.


Heide Estes