Cuomo Maintains That Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Toll Break Is Still A Priority

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Source: atomische via flickr.com

Source: atomische via flickr.com

Governor Andrew Cuomo took time recently to remind agitated Verrazano-Narrows Bridge commuters that bringing toll relief is still a priority. SI Live is reporting that despite the challenges of bringing such a deal to fruition, Cuomo expressed his belief that it will happen.

Earlier in the week, we reported on an SI Live editorial that claimed mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota have ignored the Verrazano toll issue in their campaigns and have thus far offered little in the way of solutions. Speaking at a post-Sandy rebuilding initiative, Cuomo announced that he had not forgotten the issue and that it remained a priority for his administration:

A toll break on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for Staten Island residents remains a “priority,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

Noting his administration has “come up with alternative solutions for Staten Island before” when it comes to bridge tolls, Cuomo said that when it comes to the V-N, “We’re working to do that.”

“I am confident we will get there,” said Cuomo, calling it “complicated” and “expensive.”

In March, we reported that it appeared all but certain that a deal would be struck between lawmakers that would cut the tolls by 50 percent but it never materialized, leaving commuters to swallow the high toll costs until a solution is reached in a future legislative session.

  • vintagejames

    It is “expensive” for Brooklyn residents also

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    it is not expensive for “commuters” whose daily expense is 1 dollar more than a subway or bus commuter. A New York City resident choosing to commute by private automobile should expect to pay more for that choice?

    Staten Island Resident Program
    (Roundtrip toll Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for registered residents)

    E-ZPass**

    $6.00 per trip

    3 + trips

    a month

    $6.36 per trip

    up to 2 trips a month

  • Peter

    Both the bridge and public transportation should be cheaper. If the MTA were structured differently, that would be entirely possible.

  • Alfonce

    i want to know how the fuck a toll goes up to 15 dollars in the first place, the city has some fucking nerve

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      Maybe it’s because the Staten Island ferry is free, at enormous expense for taxpayers to benefit Staten Islanders who chose to live where they live…

      Hmmm… maybe.

      • Peter

        I don’t know if it’s true, but I was once told that the ferry is free to comply with a court ruling. Apparently the city has to allow a cost-free option of moving between all 5 boroughs and the ferry provides that option for Staten Island. Like I said I don’t know if that’s true, but that may be the reason.