Statement By The Nature Conservancy On Governor’s Pause Of Congestion Pricing

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New York City Skyline New York City is home to over 8 million people. © Thaiyeba Jalil/TNC

Today, Governor Hochul announced an “indefinite pause” to New York City’s congestion pricing program. The Nature Conservancy in New York released the following statement from Jessica Ottney Mahar, The Nature Conservancy’s New York policy and strategy director:

“Governor Hochul’s decision to halt congestion pricing is a huge loss for New Yorkers. This means the benefits of this policy—less pollution, cleaner air to breathe, and better public transit for millions of people—are no longer guaranteed. The Governor’s decision jeopardizes New York’s position as a national leader in fighting climate change. We stand with our many partners in urging Governor Hochul to reverse this pause and implement congestion pricing on June 30 as planned.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. The Nature Conservancy is working to make a lasting difference around the world in 77 countries and territories (41 by direct conservation impact and 36 through partners) through a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on X.