As New York City girded for a noisy legislative showdown over automated teller machine surcharges, bankers showed no signs of backing down from the fees.

"There is no momentum - that's a myth," said Mathew Street, associate general counsel for the American Bankers Association. ATM surcharging has become an entrenched and accepted practice, he said, and courts have upheld banks' rights over local initiatives to ban fees. "None of this stuff is working, and none of this stuff is going to work," he said.

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