Spencer won't back $55 traffic fee increase in Suffolk – New York News

A day after saying he’d support doubling a $55 fee on traffic tickets, Legis. William Spencer now says he’s a firm “no,” endangering the plan to raise revenue for the cash-strapped Suffolk County government.

“Let me be clear, I will not be voting to double the fee for traffic violations,” the Centerport Democrat posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.

In an interview Wednesday, he acknowledged “hearing from constituents” after a Newsday article identified him as the crucial 10th vote to pass the Legislature, which had failed earlier this year without his support.

Spencer on Tuesday said he had committed to vote for the fee hike after he opposed a pay freeze for political appointees and prosecutors last month.

But Spencer said that even before any blowback occurred, he had already started thinking that the fee increase might not be necessary because sales tax collections have been better than projected.

“I don’t support it, I won’t vote for it,” he said in an interview. “I think we can manage the budget without any further fee increases.”

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