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February 21, 2008


NEW YORK, February 21, 2008 -- Joseph Berechman, Chair of the Economics Department at The City College of New York (CCNY) will discuss Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan with a panel of experts at Baruch College, 5:30 p.m., Monday, February 25.

Professor Berechman’s fellow panelists will include: Lewis A. Fidler, New York City Council Member for District 46, Brooklyn; Gene Russianoff, Attorney, Straphangers’ Campaign, NYPIRG; and Marc V. Shaw, Executive Vice President Extell Development Co. and Chair of the Mayor’s Congestion Mitigation Commission.

Peter F. Vallone, Sr., Former Speaker, New York City Council, will moderate the two-hour discussion in Baruch’s Newman Conference Center, located at 151 East 25th Street.  The forum is part of the Peter F. Vallone, Sr. Seminars in Government 2007-2008 Lecture Series presented by The Center for Innovation and Leadership in Government at Baruch College’s School of Public affairs.  
About Professor Joseph Berechman

An internationally renowned transportation and infrastructure economist, Professor Berechman joined the City College faculty as Chair of the Economics Department in January 2007. He was previously CN Chair Professor in Transportation and International Logistics at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. He had been Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Tel Aviv University from 1976 to 2004 and was Chairman of the Department of Public Policy. Widely published, Professor Berechman was a visiting scholar with the CUNY University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) for 15 years.

About Congestion Pricing

In April of 2007 a traffic mitigation plan, including a congestion pricing scheme in Manhattan, was proposed by Mayor Bloomberg as part of the larger PlaNYC initiative. To address the wide range of public responses to the plan, a 17-member Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission was formed by State Law in July 2007. The Commission concluded its work and presented its final recommendation in late January 2008. Before the proposal can reach Albany, the City Council must support the proposal or some other alternative plan via a home rule message by the end of February 2008. 

For more information on the congestion pricing panel discussion, please call (646) 660-6851 or email spa_conferences@baruch.cuny.edu .

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City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.