NEW YORK (AP) - Advocates for imposing new tolls on motorists entering Manhattan as a way to raise money for New York City subways say passing their proposal is vital to minorities and low-income New Yorkers.
A coalition of supporters plan to rally in support of the tolls Monday in Albany.
They say that African-American and Latino New Yorkers make up more than half of all public transit riders in the city and that improving subway and bus service is an issue of racial and economic justice.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and many lawmakers say tolls are the best way to raise money for the city's transit system while also addressing gridlock.
Lawmakers are now studying the proposal, which could be included in the state budget expected to pass by April 1.