"They are dividing a borough that is absolutely integrated," said Queens resident Geraldine Chapey. "It's really terrible."
Fired up and ready to fight, some Rockaway and Broad Channel residents say they will not stand for the MTA's plan to start charging them to use the Cross Bay Bridge. Imagine having to pay to go to another neighborhood in your borough, right within your community board.
"This bridge represents the same as putting a toll in the middle of Queens Boulevard in order to go from one side to the other," said Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer.
Borough President Helen Marshall says eliminating the rebate will hurt Queens economically.
"We have been pushing to buy Queens when you shop...shop in Queens. Well if it's going to cost the citizens of the Rockaways to go across a bridge they are going to be much more tempted to go into Nassau County."
Queens Residents Protest Proposed Bridge Toll