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Southern BK Pols Make Last Ditch Attempt To Stop Verrazano Toll Hikes On Eve Of Vote

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Tomorrow, the board of the MTA will cast their votes on raising tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to a whopping $15 – and local pols are fuming.

State Senator Marty Golden, Congressman Michael Grimm and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis issued a joint statement to the board and its chairman, Joe Lhota, urging them to kill the proposal and grant Brooklynites and Staten Islanders a measure of economic relief.

The statement follows a letter sent by the trio on December 13. In it, they wrote:

This proposal will hit the pockets of all New Yorkers who traverse the Verrazano Bridge for the purposes of work, shopping, medical care, family visits, and more. It is just unacceptable that the most expensive bridge in the world, already at $13, has the potential to become more expensive.

… In these difficult economic times, the last thing New Yorkers need is the burden of additional travel expenses. The proposal now before the MTA will further strain the budgets of millions of New York’s families and cause a loss of revenue for countless businesses. This proposal is not only misguided, it is something New Yorkers are not willing to accept.

The current proposal calls for raising the toll $2, from $13 to $15. The increase would be $1.06 for those with E-Z Pass.

The three Republican legislators are not alone. Last month, Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile stood before the board at its November 28 hearing and blasted the plan. He also demanded that the MTA extend the discount they give to Staten Island residents to Brooklyn residents as well.

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  1. Oh my gosh, it’s up to FIFTEEN BUCKS??? Geez, I don’t drive ,but that’s ridiculous. Why the heck are the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges free? I can’t figure that one out.

  2. Enough is enough. Stop using them. OR just start running the tolls. They cannot impound, ticket, or catch everyone. It’s time the people start to stand up.

  3. And you wonder why the middle class is disappearing in this country…….especially in this city? Pretty soon it’ll just be the rich and the poor left in this cesspool of a city. I can’t wait to move out of this state.

  4. What does the MTA care? There chairman make billions and could care less if you and I eat shit for dinner every night while they chow down on beef tartar daily.

  5. I agree with you but unfortunately people are sleeping
    zombies. We will obey and bow down to new laws and any increases for services without anything in return. They want us to struggle financially and stress out…..One prime example when a driver gets at least 6 points, you must pay additional $300 dollars just for hell of it just because some asshole law maker/politician needs to bring more into their budget or/and to his own pocket. This so called law was created in 2008


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