FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2008
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON RECENT PROGRESS IN PLANYC LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
"In the past several days, the State Legislature has passed three bills that were legislative proposals made in PlaNYC, our agenda for creating a greener, greater New York. Today, the Legislature took a big step toward reducing traffic congestion - and air pollution from idling cars - by passing our proposal to make it easier to cite drivers for 'blocking the box' at busy intersections. And on Tuesday, the Legislature approved City tax credits for installing solar panels on homes and businesses - encouraging private property owners to join the growing movement toward the use of renewable power. A third bill, also passed today, allows those who generate renewable power to sell what is unused back to the system, an important incentive for individuals and businesses to install technology like solar panels. This is welcome progress, and I thank the Legislature for their action, particularly Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno; Assembly Member Herman 'Denny' Farrell, Jr. and Senator Frank Padavan, who sponsored the Solar Panel bill; and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh and Senator Andrew Lanza, who sponsored the bill that will reduce congestion from 'blocking the box.' I look forward to Governor Paterson signing all of these bills into law."
Jim Anderson / Jason Post (212) 788-2958