Primary Results, Testimony to City Council and MTA Board

It was a busy week for StreetsPAC, with Tuesday's state primary election, two relevant City Council committee hearings, and a meeting of the MTA's board at which congestion pricing was in focus.

StreetsPAC's Endorsees Win Six of Nine State Primary Races

Congratulations to Kristen Gonzalez, Jessica González-Rojas, Emily Gallagher, Jo Anne Simon, Claire Valdez, and Chloe Pierce, all of whom won their primary races on Tuesday after earning our endorsement.

They'll be among 13 StreetsPAC-endorsed candidates on the ballot for November's general election, a list that we expect to grow in the coming months as we continue to collect questionnaire responses and interview candidates. Stay tuned!

We also want to thank Eon Tyrell Huntley, Maria Ordoñez, and Jonathan Soto, who all ran competitive primary races against uphill odds while advocating for issues that earned them our endorsement.

Senator Gonzalez and Assemblymembers González-Rojas and Gallagher all won handily against opponents who had campaigned on opposition to programs like Open Streets and safety-focused street redesigns, demonstrating once again that support for making streets safer for walking and biking and improving public transit is both good policy and good politics.

Council Hearings on Micro-Mobility and Deliveries, and Intersections, Crosswalks, and Pedestrian Safety

The City Council's Committee on Consumer and Worker Protection held a hearing on several bills related to the use of micro-mobility devices and the city's food-delivery ecosystem on Friday, June 21, and we submitted testimony on several of them, focused on increasing accountability for third-party app companies and improving the working conditions that underlie unsafe behaviors.

You can read our full testimony here.

Then this past Tuesday, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held an oversight hearing on intersections, crosswalks, and pedestrian safety. We offered testimony about the majority of the 14 bills under consideration, supporting some, recommending modifications to several more, and opposing two outright.

You can find our complete testimony to the Transportation Committee here.

MTA Board Meeting on Congestion Pricing "Pause"

Finally, on Wednesday, we joined more than 100 organizations and individuals in testifying at the MTA's first board meeting since Governor Hochul's disastrous decision to "indefinitely pause" congestion pricing, which was supposed to launch at midnight tonight. We joined the vast majority of speakers in decrying the Governor's action, and urged that the Central Business District Tolling Program moved forward as planned.

You can read our full testimony to the MTA Board here.

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