There's no doubt New York City can be a traffic nightmare.
In an attempt to alleviate the issue, the governor's office is proposing a congestion pricing plan requiring drivers to pay almost $12 if they enter Manhattan south of 60th Street. Trucks would be charged $25.
The proposal has sparked controversy.
"It does absolutely nothing to fix the city, and it will fall very hard on Queens businesses and residents," said Arthur Miller of New York Truckstop.
Funds generated would go towards the MTA, but in a press conference Sunday, Queens Assemblyman David Weprin and Councilman Barry Grodenchik said many New Yorkers living outside of Manhattan have limited public transportation options.
"That's why some people in eastern Queens feel that they need to drive to get to work, to visit relatives, to get needed medical care in Manhattan," Weprin said.
"This is an idea to reduce congestion that will absolutely not reduce congestion in the Midtown core or any part of Manhattan south of 60th Street," Grodenchik said. "This is going to further divide the people of Manhattan from the people that live in the other four boroughs of New York City."
For those who don't drive and rely on public transportation, many are in support of the congestion pricing, saying it helps more people than it hurts.
Members of Riders Alliance, a transit rider activist group, showed up at the press conference.
"Congestion pricing is progressive," said Rebecca Bailin of Riders Alliance. "A study by the Community Service Society showed that only 4 percent of New Yorkers, only half of whom are high earners, would have to pay this congestion fee. Meanwhile, working New Yorkers and middle-class New Yorkers will benefit from major transit improvements."
"I'm a working mom. I work in Brooklyn, commute to Manhattan every day," said Elizabeth Perez of Riders Alliance. "I was super stressed about relying on the subway, leaving on time and yet not arriving on time to get home from my children's child care services."
As for an alternative to fix the subways, officials suggest restoring a non-resident income tax, or making better choices within the MTA's budget.
The congestion pricing plan still requires the approval of the state legislature.