The Community Service Society and Riders Alliance, on behalf of the 71-member strong Fair Fares coalition, released the following statement today upon release of Mayor Bill de Blasio's executive budget:
"Speaker Corey Johnson and the City Council made Fair Fares the centerpiece of their response to the mayor's preliminary budget, but Mayor de Blasio has yet to embrace the idea. The mayor is ignoring the needs of hundreds of thousands of his constituents and the recommendations of several dozens of elected officials, representing hundreds of diverse New York City neighborhoods, who are united for half-price MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers.
"Fair Fares, estimated to cost $212 million out of a nearly $90 billion budget, is a uniquely prudent investment in work, education and opportunity that the City can make immediately, without requiring permission or authority from the state or federal government. In the coming weeks, as we look toward adoption of the budget, the coalition looks forward to working side by side with Speaker Corey Johnson and his colleagues to push Fair Fares across the finish line."