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					                                   THE CITY OF NEW YORK
                                     OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
                                     NEW YORK, NY 10007

                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                               August 21, 2007
                                                               No. 307
                                                               www.nyc.gov


     MAYOR BLOOMBERG, GOVERNOR SPITZER, SENATE, ASSEMBLY AND
       COUNCIL NAME CONGESTION MITIGATION COMMISSIONERS

   17 Member Panel Will Review Mayor’s Congestion Pricing Proposal and Other Plans To
                                    Reduce Traffic

        Mayor Michael Bloomberg today joined Governor Eliot Spitzer, Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith,
Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to
announce appointments to the New York City Traffic Mitigation Congestion Commission
established by the Governor and Legislature as part of the congestion pricing legislation.

       Mayor Bloomberg appointed three people to the commission: Gene Russianoff from the
New York Public Interest Research Group and the Straphangers Campaign, New York City
Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn and Civil rights attorney and
Executive Director of UPROSE Elizabeth Yeampierre

      “Today we are continuing to move forward and work with our partners in State
government and in the Council to relieve congestion in New York City,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
“Together, we’ll reduce traffic, improve New Yorkers’ health and strengthen the City’s
economy.”

       Governor Spitzer’s appointments include former First Deputy Mayor Marc Shaw, Port
Authority Executive Director Anthony Shorris, and Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Executive Director and CEO Elliot “Lee” Sander. Mr. Shaw will be nominated to be the head of
the commission.

        Governor Spitzer said, “Putting the congestion pricing commission in place is an
important step towards creating a healthier, cleaner environment for our children and generations
to come. The Commission has a vital task to ensure the ability of New York City’s continued
growth, and do so in an environmentally responsible manner. My nominees all have extensive
transportation and public policy experience that will ensure that the congestion pricing plan is
well thought out in terms of the impact on the transportation system, the economy, and the
environment of the City of New York. My thanks go to the Mayor and his staff for their hard
work on this crucial issue.”

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      Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver appointed Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell, Jr.,
Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, and Assemblywoman Vivian E. Cook.

        Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, “The traffic congestion mitigation legislation
signed into law by the Governor last month outlines a process for a thoughtful and in-depth
discussion of the most effective means to address traffic congestion and related health and
environmental issues. I am pleased with the nomination of Marc Shaw to head this effort. His
demonstrated experience and ability to build consensus on difficult issues will be a great asset to
this Commission.”

      Senator Bruno appointed New York City Central Labor Council President Gary
LaBarbera, SUNY Chairman Thomas F. Egan and Nassau County Council Chamber of
Commerce President Richard Bivone to commission.

         “We are pleased to join Mayor Bloomberg and others in announcing the Senate
Majority’s appointments to the New York City Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission. By
naming the members of this important commission, we have taken another step forward in our
efforts to make New York a national leader in reducing traffic congestion, modernizing mass
transit and improving the quality of the air we breathe,” Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno
said.

      Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith appointed Counsel and Project Director of
Arverne By the Sea, Gerard Romski, to the Commission.

        “Mr. Romski will be a strong asset for members of the Senate Democratic Conference in
working to address New York City's long-term transportation needs,” Senator Smith said. “His
appreciation of public transit's role in that process as well as his open mind about the structure of
any traffic congestion mitigation plan will serve our Conference well.”

      Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco appointed Environmental Defense New York
Regional Director Andy Darrell to the Commission.

        “Andy Darrell’s track record on environmental and health-related issues is second to
none,” said Assembly Republican Leader Jim Tedisco. “His input and ideas will be invaluable as
we look for answers to New York City’s traffic congestion problems. I am honored to appoint
him to this crucial commission.”

       City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has appointed Drum Major Institute Executive
Director Andrea Batista Schlesinger, Greater Allen Cathedral CFO Edwin Reed and Partnership
for New York City President and CEO Kathryn Wylde to the Commission.

        “New York City anticipates adding nearly one million new residents over the next two
decades, and we must have a forward-looking plan in place to handle such substantial growth,”
said Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “We are confident that the Commission will carefully consider
the different proposals and find a responsible and impartial solution to reduce traffic congestion
in our City. The Council’s appointees are extremely familiar with moving and shaping public
policy in our diverse communities. They bring a broad range of experience that will enable the
Commission to come up with a plan to make New York a cleaner, greener, more livable city.”

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Biographies of Commission Members:

Richard Bivone is the President of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce and the
President and Founder of RMB Drafting Services, the largest research/drafting/expediting firm
on Long Island. Richard played a key role in forming the Nassau Business and Community and
Planning Coalition (NBCPC), a unique partnership between the Nassau Council of Chambers of
Commerce, the Nassau Village Officials Association, Vision Long Island, and environmental
and civic groups. He is a retired member of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).

Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky represents the 92nd Assembly District. Brodsky currently
serves as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions,
which oversees the state’s public and private corporations. In addition to his Committee
Chairmanship, Assemblyman Brodsky has also introduced a number of proposals to reform state
government through constitutional change.

Assemblywoman Vivian E. Cook began her civic role more than 30 years ago when the
Kennedy Airport and airport expansion threatened her community. Cook, who represents the
32nd Assembly District, has been an activist for community improvement. Working tirelessly to
secure funding for various building and reconstruction programs, Cook has helped develop
community housing programs that provide residents with affordable homes. Assemblywoman
Cook currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader.

Andy Darrell is Director of the Living Cities program at Environmental Defense, focused on
practical, market-based solutions for climate change and health in major cities. He also serves as
New York Regional Director. He is a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability Advisory
Board, convened in 2006 to help create a new sustainability plan. Previously, he helped form
two organizations instrumental in revitalizing abandoned New York City waterfronts. After law
school, he worked at Davis Polk and Wardwell, an international law firm, and as a consultant on
financing clean energy projects. He received a JD (Law Review) from the University of Virginia
and a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is a trustee of the
Van Alen Institute, the New York League of Voters Conservation Voters Education Fund, and
New York City’s International House.

Thomas F. Egan was appointed Chairman of the State University of New York Board of
Trustees on February 8, 1996, and a member and Vice Chairman on June 27, 1995. A lawyer
and banker, he has spent over 30 years in the securities industry, with extensive experience in
capital market finance. Mr. Egan is a managing director at Citigroup Global Markets in New
York City. Previously, Mr. Egan was a principal in Langdon P. Cook & Company, Inc., for
twelve years and a staff attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for three
years. Mr. Egan is the past chairman of the Foundation for the New York United Hospital
Medical Center and active in civic affairs. He has also served as a member of the board of
directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a trustee of Marymount College, and
member of the Port Chester Village Planning Commission.

Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell, Jr. was elected to the State Assembly in 1974 from a
district that encompasses West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood. Farrell serves as chair
of the Committee on Ways and Means and is a member of the Committee on Rules. Prior to his
appointment to Ways and Means, Farrell was Chair of the Committee on Banks, where he
successfully secured passage of the Omnibus Consumer Protection and Banking Legislation Act.
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Gary LaBarbera is the President of the New York City Central Labor Council and has nearly
25 years of progressive labor leadership with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters,
including currently serving as Joint Council 16 President, which represents over 100,000
members in the New York Metropolitan area. He also serves as a Vice President for the New
York State AFL-CIO, the Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, and the New York State
Building and Construction Trades Council.

Edwin C. Reed is the Chief Financial Officer at the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York and
has been serving in this capacity since 1995. He has previously served on the Board of Directors
of the New York Bank from 2001 to 2003. The Allen organization provides services such as
rehabilitating and building affordable housing, developing and managing 14 commercial stores,
operating a community service center, and providing quality education for up to 500 students.
Previously, Reverend Reed was the Executive Staff Director for Congressman Floyd Flake of
New York. Reverend Reed has served as: Chairman, Jamaica Business Resource Center;
Treasurer, Outreach Development Corporation; Vice Chairperson and Member of the Board of
Directors, Hofstra University; Member of Wheelchair Charities; Co-Chairperson, New York
Housing Conference; Member, Chase Community Advisory Board; Member, Federal Home
Loan Bank of New York Affordable Housing Advisory Council; and Member, Allen Christian
School, Allen Transportation, Allen Women's Resource Center and Allen Housing Development
Corporations. Reverend Reed formerly served as Chairman of the Queens County Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Commission.

Gerard Romski is a former partner at the law firm Ross and Cohen, LLP, he currently serves as
Counsel and Project Executive for one of New York City's largest mixed-use development
projects, Arverne by the Sea, incorporating more than 2,300 new housing units in Queens. A
strong advocate for public transit investment, Mr. Romski has also served as the Assistant
Division Chief in the Real Estate Litigation Division of the New York City Corporation
Counsel's office where he represented the City in real estate matters.

Gene Russianoff has been mass transit and government reform advocate for the New York
Public Interest Research Group, a student-directed social change organization, since 1978. Mr.
Russianoff is a staff attorney for NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign. His efforts have helped to
win unlimited-ride transit passes and free subway-to-bus transfers; increased transit service;
creation of independent transit safety and management watchdog agencies; $53 billion in funds
to rebuild the subway and bus system since 1982; and rider and labor representatives on the
MTA Board of Directors. New York 1 News named Russianoff a “New Yorker of the Year” in
1997 for coalition work to win unlimited-ride Metro-cards. Russianoff is the author of more than
100 reports on transit service.

Janette Sadik-Khan was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Department of
Transportation by the Mayor in April. Prior to her appointment, she was a Senior Vice President
of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a leading international engineering firm. Commissioner Sadik-Khan is
nationally recognized for her expertise in innovative finance, public policy development and
transportation issues - knowledge gained in over 15 years of experience at the federal, state and
local level. Before joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, she was Deputy Administrator at the U.S.
Department of Transportation.

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        As Chief Financial Officer, she managed the agency's $4 billion annual capital
construction budget and was responsible for developing an innovative finance program which
provided localities with increased funding and regulatory flexibility. She also served as Director
of the Office of Policy where she initiated the FTA’s Art in Transit program to expand federal
funding for art and design in transit facilities and implemented new criteria to improve the ways
in which the benefits of transit capital projects were quantified.

Elliot “Lee” Sander, Executive Director and CEO of the MTA, has served as a Corporate
Senior Vice President at DMJM Harris, a leading transportation engineering firm, and as
Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner
Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Sander is also the founder and co-
chairman of the Empire State Transportation Alliance, and he is a Commissioner on the New
York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. He graduated from the School of Foreign Service
at Georgetown.

Andrea Batista Schlesinger has led the effort to turn the Drum Major Institute, originally
founded by an advisor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement, into
a progressive policy institute with national impact. Under her leadership as Executive Director,
DMI has released several important policy papers to national audiences including: Middle Class
2004: How Congress Voted, People and Politics in America's Big Cities, and From Governance
to Accountability: Building Relationships that Make Schools Work. She has worked in various
capacities to promote educational equity and youth empowerment. She directed a national
campaign to engage college students in the discussion on the future of Social Security for the
Pew Charitable Trusts, and served as Director of Public Relations of Teach for America before
working as the education advisor to Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer.

Marc V. Shaw is Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning at Extell Development
Company and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company. From 2002 to
2006, Mr. Shaw was the First Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Operations under Mayor
Bloomberg. Prior to that he served as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He also served as City Budget Director, Commissioner
for the New York City Department of Finance, and Director of Finance for the New York City
Council. Mr. Shaw also held a position with the New York State Senate Finance Committee. He
has been an adjunct assistant professor of Public Services at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate
School of Public Services at New York University, and is currently an adjunct professor at the
School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Anthony Ernest Shorris, Executive Director of the Port Authority, formerly served as the
Director of Princeton University's Policy Research Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International Affairs and as Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Board of
Education. He also has served as the First Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of
New York and New Jersey, as New York City's Commissioner of Finance, and Deputy Budget
Director.

Kathryn S. Wylde is President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit
organization of the city's business leaders, established by David Rockefeller in 1979. The
Partnership is dedicated to maintaining New York City as a center of world commerce, finance
and innovation. Its public policy focus is on issues in the areas of education, infrastructure and
the economy.
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        The Partnership’s economic development arm is the New York City Investment Fund.
Wylde served as founding President and CEO of this $110 million civic fund, which was
established in 1996 under the leadership of Henry R. Kravis. Wylde was also founding President
and CEO of the Housing Partnership Development Corporation, serving from 1982 to 1996. In
that capacity, she was instrumental in creation of a number of pioneering initiatives in affordable
housing at the local, state and national levels. An internationally known expert in housing,
economic development and urban policy, Wylde serves on a number of boards and advisory
groups, including the New York State Commission to Modernize the Regulation of Financial
Services, the Mayor's Sustainability Advisory Board, the Special Commission on the Future of
NYS Courts, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the First Judicial
District, NYC Economic Development Corporation, Research Partnership for New York City
Schools, NYC Leadership Academy, Governors Island Advisory Council, the Manhattan
Institute and the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York.

Elizabeth C. Yeampierre, a Puerto Rican civil rights attorney born and raised in New York City
is Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community based organization. In
1996, Elizabeth helped shift UPROSE’s mission to organizing, advocacy and developing
intergenerational indigenous leadership through activism. In reaching these goals, UPROSE
focuses on environmental, economic and social justice. Ms. Yeampierre is a co-founder of
CURE (Communities United for Responsible Energy) and OWN (Organization of Waterfront
Neighborhoods). Ms Yeampierre serves on Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability and Long Term
Planning Advisory Board and the US EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

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