It’s pure Team Cuomo —— and it’s an insult to all New Yorkers.
On Friday, state Budget Director Robert Mujica publicly blasted the state Bridge Authority’s plan to raise tolls by 60% on the five Hudson River bridges it controls, writing that “a toll increase of this magnitude is not warranted.”
Ridiculous: Mujica’s boss, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appoints every member of the agency’s board — and no one who works for this governor would truly cross him publicly.
This is a transparent show: To make a still-nasty toll hike go over better with the public, New Yorkers are getting the threat of even larger ones, with the gov’s other minions “heroically” pushing back.
It’s a replay of the 2011 toll hikes by the Port Authority — whose board at least has some air of independence, since its members are named equally by the New York and New Jersey govs. (Back then, Cuomo and then-Gov. Chris Christie both faked surprise and rage, before “forcing” lower hikes.)
No one’s fooled, governor: If you can’t just level with the public, at least come up with a more convincing con.