SUSHAN, N.Y. -- Chickens and pigs, 200 miles north of New York City.
“We raise rare heritage pigs on pasture,” said Mike Yezzi, Farmer.
You'll find plenty of pigs and scores of chickens on Flying Pigs Farm in Sushan, which is in Washington County. Owner Mike Yezzi has been supplying some city restaurants and farmers markets with food for the last 8 years.
“I drive down to Manhattan, do deliveries,” said Yezzi.
Because of those deliveries, he's been watching New York City's price congestion debate closely. Especially because it could have meant him paying $2500 more a year just to get, for instance, this little piggy to the market.
“The economy is slowing down. Prices are going up. There's another cost,” said Yezzi.
But Yezzi actually supported the plan that didn't pass. Though he would have had to wake up at 2:00 a.m. to make those deliveries and avoid paying congestion prices, even if he had to pay, he said he wouldn't have cried foul.
“If there's less traffic because of it, I spend less time doing deliveries. The roads are in better shape. There's less wear and tear on my truck. I'm spending less on fuel,” said Yezzi.
And while the plan might ruffle the feathers of some other farmers, for Yezzi, he said the health benefits alone might be worth it.
“I believe in personal responsibility, and if I'm causing traffic, and causing pollution, I think paying a little more is what we need to do,” said Yezzi.
“No impact on the state budget, and yet this has become a major stumbling block,” said Ron Canestrari, (D) Assembly Majority Leader.
Now that the plan has been pulled, legislators hope to get back to budget business, what they say really impacts upstate folks. And while the critics say congestion pricing just had too many problems, Yezzi hopes it might happen someday.
“If there's less traffic, I think it would be worth it,” said Yezzi.
Perhaps before Flying Pigs Farm is named for the real thing.