Double take: Hakeem Jeffries
by Sebastian Benthall
Wait a second. Something about this isn’t right.
This is how Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries explains his “Summer at the Subways” office hours:
Since not everyone has the time to visit the office during the day, I will bring my office to a location where many community members find themselves at some point when returning home from work: The subway.”
Isn’t there some kind of contradiction between this tacit admission that most of his constituents are rail commuters and his strong stance against congestion pricing?
My read on this is that Jeffries is caught in a political trap. He appears to genuinely want to support his constituents and do right by them, but likely had to cave under party pressure on the congestion pricing issue in order to maintain any influence in the legislature.
Others will not be so charitable.
i know next to nothing about congestion pricing, but a lawyer from nrdc told a group i was in that a lot of the people voting against congestion pricing are from low income communities who argue that the transit in their areas isn’t good enough or reliable enough to get them to work in a reasonable manner, and that to vote for congestion pricing was a vote against economic justice. so i don’t know how that plays into your rep., just thought i’d put it out there.