Saturday, April 7, 2012

Budget deal reduces Cross Bay Bridge toll

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.


Anonymous said...

Tolls in Rockaway should be set at 50% the rate of the East River Crossings. You know to be fair.

Helen said...

NYC Residents pay more than enough Taxes to support New York State. There shouldn't be a single toll anywhere within New York City!!!

Anonymous said...

This bridge is a lifeline and it must be free. The tolls collected over time have paid for the bridge with enough to pay for it's upkeep.

Anonymous said...

Good work young Phil!