From the Times Ledger:
Negotiations over the state budget seemed as mild as this year’s winter with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature approving a $132.6 billion, on-time package that addressed a major issue in Queens.
Queens leaders praised several aspects of the state budget, including a rebate program designed to reimburse residents of the Rockaways who currently must pay tolls on the Cross Bay Bridge.
The bridge is the only span completely within a borough that charges a toll which, according to state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and civic leaders in the Rockaways, was stifling business growth and gouging residents who commute to work outside the neighborhood.
“The return of this important rebate program is a step in the right direction towards the complete elimination of this inherently unfair tax,” Goldfeder said.