By The Numbers

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are calling for a return of the commuter tax, which would require NYC workers who don’t live in the Big Apple to place a portion of their earnings in the city’s coffers. Here’s a look at how the numbers stack up:



Year New York State’s legislators — including Sheldon Silver — voted to eliminate the commuter tax on nonresidential city workers

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Years the tax had been in place prior to its repeal

Percentage of their yearly income the tax had forced commuters to cough up

$360 million
Annual amount the city gained through the tax at the time of its repeal

$3.3 billion
Projected budget gap the city faces in the next fiscal year

Number of Valleyites who travel to work in Manhattan on Metro-North every day

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Number of New Yorkers who travel to the Valley for work on Metro-Northevery day (and who would not be affected by a commuter tax)

Days after Governor David Paterson announced a new MTA-Google route-planning service (making it easier for Valleyites to travel to the city) that Silver announced he supports a commuter tax (making it less likely we would want to)


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